If you ride bikes then sooner or later you are going to need something to re-inflate an inner tube or tubeless tyre.
Punctures are an inevitability and tyres can loose pressure with use or even when stood still and puncture free.
It’s a good idea to check your tyre pressures pre-ride where a track pump comes in handy (also check their general condition regularly). If you get a puncture out on the road/trail, or want to adjust the pressure in your tyres mid-ride then the track pump you left at the car/house isn’t going to do you any good.
Adding slime to inner tubes (if you are running them) can help mitigate punctures during your ride till you can deal with them (more often till you notice them). In the case of a tubeless setup then adding the recommended amount of tyre sealant will create a seal as required but also result in additional fluid remaining in the tyre. Should you get a (non-major and not a tear) puncture then the fluid should seal the puncture so you can continue your ride.
Preventative measures like these are great, but they don’t mean you can leave the repair kit, spare tube (yes even when running tubeless) and pump at home just yet.
You are going to need a pump at some point. CO<sup>2</sup> is an alternative and can rapidly inflate a tyre. Unless racing and carrying space is at a premium then I consider this a compliment to carrying a pump rather than a replacement.
Smaller isn’t always better
Pumps can be a faff though and there are lots of different options out there so which pump do you choose? The few I’ve owned all worked okay, they were small and easy to carry but required a heck of a lot of effort if I was unfortunate enough to need to call on them. This goes doubly for trying to inflate road/hybrid bike tyres.
Most of the pumps I’ve owned were also designed so that the body of the pump connects directly to the valve rather than by a screw in flexible hose. This not only makes it difficult to attach the pump to the valve but also makes pumping awkward and can result in damaging the valve while trying to inflate the tyre if care is not taken.
Thankfully there have only been a handful of instances over the years where I have needed a pump while out on a ride but when I have it has been a tiring and fairly frustrating experience.
One pump to rule them all
The Lezyne Micro a Floor Drive is not a small pump. It’s not going to sit well (or at all) in a rear jersey pocket. It comes with a plastic mount for attaching to bottle mounting points on your frame if you want to go that route.
This pump will most likely end up sitting in your backpack or pannier bag as it does mine. It’s going to get a little scratched in there as it moves about against your other gear and as you toss it from bag to bag depending on what and where you are riding that day.
When you do need to call on it then as you quickly and relatively easily re-inflate your tyres (or a riding buddies) you will be glad you had this pump with you and not a fiddly, small, takes-forever-and-a-day-to-reach-an-acceptable-pressure-pump with you.
The top handle is a little small and can be ever so slightly uncomfortable in sustained use such as when inflating to higher pressures. Leaving a cycling glove on when using the pump helps.
The chrome finish while shiny and lovely when new will get lightly scratched, firstly just from being in your bag, secondly (and most destructively) it will get the worst of it at and around the base when you use it in the field.
If you can accept that it’s a tool that can and will get used and abused then a few light scratches shouldn’t cause much concern.
Weighing in at 225g (claimed) for the High Volume version with gauge it’s not a light pump but it’s worth it if you have space in your pack. If you don’t ride with a backpack or pannier bag on then you can use the supplied bracket to carry the pump via a water-bottle mount but it’s kinda cumbersome.
If you want to save 20g then you can get the HV version which comes without the inline gauge. I went back and forth on whether or not to get the gauged version, eventually deciding I’d rather have something to roughly indicate pressure for peace of mind. While the gauge may or may not be accurate it’s certainly not that easy to read while pumping and still requires scrutiny when standing still. It gives a rough idea and thats good enough for me so I don’t obsess over it, so long as it can tell me I’m in the neighbourhood of the pressure I am looking for.
Version wise you can also pick between the HP (high pressure) or HV (high volume). The HP is better suited to road and hybrid tyres focusing on making it easier to reach the higher pressures such tyres need. The HV is geared towards deliver a greater volume of air at lower pressures. The gauge on the HV shows up to 120 though in practice for me I can get hybrid tyres up to around 80psi and after that it becomes hard work to achieve a higher pressure. Thats enough for me but bear that in mind based on what tyre pressures you commonly ride at. I brought mine mainly based on riding at MTB pressures.
Great Service from Chain Reaction Cycles
I ordered mine online at a great price and with quick delivery. The good service didn’t end there though.
A month after receiving it, I punctured the front tyre on my hybrid during my morning commute to work. Having not tested the pump since receiving it I changed the tube, refitted and smugly thought to myself that this beauty would make short work of re-inflating.
At this point I notice that when in use a large amount of air was escaping from the area around the inline pressure gauge.
With no visible damage to the area (or anywhere on the pump this beings it’s first use) this was a little disappointing. One email to Chain Reaction Cycles had it sorted and they quickly sent a replacement no questions asked and no need to return the faulty one.
Fantastic service, great pump.