First things first. I agreed to write a review for the RoadAir Mini Pump since we haven’t used a new pump for several years and were hoping that some new features had been developed. I was disappointed in that regard, but this is a good solid pump that will serve you well on the road.
As much as bicycle pump manufacturers want us to believe that their pump stands above all others, the reality is that a pump is a pump is a pump. Differences between brands are typically minor and, for the most part, a pump with a reasonably good reputation will most certainly get the job done.
Upon receiving this frame mounted pump in the mail, I looked for some things that stood out. The first thing I noticed was that it had an extended rubber hose. I immediately had flashbacks to the times I ripped the valve from the tube as I struggled to get the pressure up to 80 psi. As I tested the RoadAir pump, sure enough the hose eliminated (or at least minimized) the chance of this happening.
Secondly the pump was secured in the mounting bracket with a rubber ring which stretched over the pump body. This method seems more secure than the more traditional velcro strap method. It’s also easier to attach/remove the unit from the bicycle. The unknown is how durable the rubber ring is – will it hold up over time?
Other than the two items mentioned, the RoadAir Mini Pump is a typical low volume, high pressure pump. I had to struggle to get the pressure up to 90 psi but that is typical of any lightweight unit such as this.
The pump fits a Schrader valve and comes with a Schrader to Presta adapter which screws onto the valve. The pump then attaches to the adapter. I prefer this method over taking the pump apart to switch, as it’s easier and simpler. The RoadAir comes with a compartment which stores this adapter.
There is also a needle and tapered nozzle if you ever had to fill a sports ball or other inflatables. Why anyone would ever want to use a high pressure, low volume pump to do this I haven’t a clue. I can think of better ways to inflate a basketball besides using a couple hundred strokes from a bicycle pump.
Overall, the Roadair Mini Pump is a good, solid pump that will get the job done – if that job is to inflate tires while on the side of the road.