Designed to inflate your tyres quickly, easily and with a visual indication of the pressure via a handy gauge, a track pump, or floor pump as they are also known, is a ride essential accessory that every cyclist should own.
Usually kept at home or stowed in the car for pre-ride inflation, a good track pump will not only offer a reassuring weight, but also sport a large supportive base, a well-made barrel and good quality rubber hose. Model depending it may well offer both Presta and Schrader compatibility. Other things to look out for are a strong, easy on the hands grip and replaceable valve head or ‘chuck’ on more expensive models.
It’s tempting to go cheap because, hey, it’s only for pumping air, right? The answer of course is that a lower priced model will suit occasional inflators (excellent potential band name) who really will not need much more than the basics. However, all-year round riders will benefit from investing in a quality model that will stand the test of time.