How to choose a pump or inflator for your mountain bike

In the following lines we explain how to choose a pump or inflator for your mountain bike . There are many types of pumps, but we will focus mainly on the two most common types. The first would be a ground or foot pump  , which we will use for domestic use. On the other hand we have the one that every cyclist should wear in his jersey when he goes by bike, which we call a pump or a hand pump.

What pump or inflator to have for your Mountain Bike

If you can afford it, the best option is to have both pumps, because although the result they offer may seem the same, the truth is that each one has its function.

While it is true that both one and another in the end will be necessary in our life as a cyclist whether you are amateur, amateur or occasional cyclist.

Also depending on the type of cycling you practice you will need some benefits or others that we will tell you later in this article.

Pump or floor inflator

These are the first type, that is, those pumps or inflators that we can have at home.

There are many types, but for our mountain bike and if you have a road bike too, the best thing is an inflator with a pressure gauge that includes a hose so as not to cause any damage to the valve. This pump puts much more pressure on the wheel than the hand pump, but obviously takes up too much space to be able to take it on route.

Depending on your modality as we told you before, you will need some benefits, for example: if you only practice Mountain Bike with a standard foot pump you have enough, but if instead also alternate between Mountain Bike and road cycling, you will need a pump that at least aims the 8 or 9 kg of pressure since you will need it for your route bike.

Remember that floor pumps usually bring in the mouthpiece, or an adapter for valves of 6’2 mm (presta) or 8’3 mm (schrader), some also bring the two measures, which make them much more practical at the time of using it with both valves and others.

Pump or hand inflator

If you still do not have a  hand inflator,  you should get one as soon as possible, in an exit you can get out of a good hurry.

Obviously if we puncture during our exits we will have to make obligatory use of it, but in addition, it can serve us in case that we want to vary the pressure of our wheels in route, or if we have some small puncture and it is necessary to put a little more pressure on the tire .

As with the standing inflator, we recommend a pump that puts enough pressure in and suits your needs.

With this type of inflator if we are not careful, it is more likely that we have problems with the valve in the long term, when using it, our valve undergoes a slight rolling both when plugging the nozzle and when exerting pressure to put air. Be careful with the pressure you use to not end up breaking the valve of the wheel and stay well without being able to exit :(, or thrown in the middle of the route.

Remember that most pumps have the peculiarity that by inverting the internal mechanism of the pump we can fill the same a camera of 6’2 mm as one of 8’3 mm.