One of the most frustrating aspects of road cycling and indeed any form of cycling is punctures. In order to keep bikes light and practical, bicycle tyres and inner tubes simply can’t offer the same puncture protection of motorbikes and cars. Bottom line is, if you ride a bike, expect punctures. The issue isn’t that you’ll get a puncture, the issue is having to change your tube on the road or trail side. If you’re on your own, it’s normally a case of getting the job done as quickly as possible to avoid getting cold. If you’re with riding buddies, you don’t want them standing around getting cold. That’s where a good pump comes in handy.
There’s plenty of hand pumps on the market making all sorts of PSI claims. However, in my experience, very few actually perform as advertised unless you are prepared to stand there for hours on end frantically pumping away – usually to the amusement of passing drivers.
The Lezyne range of pumps tend to deliver on their promise, and in particular, the Pressure Drive.
The Pressure Drive is a mini pump so it fits nicely in a jersey pocket or by the (included) bottle cage mount with very little fuss. It is also typically Lezyne in that it is well designed both in terms of form and function. And at 112g including the bottle cage mount, the Pressure Drive isn’t going to weigh your lightweight carbon fibre bike down. The bottle cage mount itself goes on the frame with very little hassle, and due to a good fit around the pump body and a velcro strap, the pump stays put even over potholes and on fast descents.
It works very much like traditional frame pumps in that it has an ABS flex hose that attaches to the end of the pump and then the other end of the hose attaches to your valve. The hose has a Presta valve attachment on one end and Schrader on the other – you choose which end you need and screw the opposite end into the pump. Genius. The extra PSI is achieved by incorporating a middle section to the pump that is only visible once the pump handle is extended – so despite it’s small form factor (17cm) the pump extends much further (30cm) allowing for extra capacity.
In practice, the Pressure Drive works well. I’d not replace the track pump *just* yet, but if you are going abroad on a training camp or going where a track pump is unavailable, the Pressure Drive will certainly do the job. With a little patience and a couple of breaks to give my arm a rest, I managed over 100PSI from he pump, which is more than enough unless you want time trial pressure in your tyres.
Buy if: you want a lightweight, stylish effective mini pump that can deliver over 100PSI.
Cycle Art has the Lezyne Pressure Drive in stock for £30. www.cycle-art.co.uk