Find your nearest public bike pump

Public bike pump in London

Keeping your tyres pumped up to the recommended tyre pressure is a great way to prevent punctures. However, it’s often hard to reach the required pressure if you are using only a hand pump.

Fortunately, Cyclehoop have been working on installing a limited number of public bike pumps in London. The below map shows you where you can find your nearest one:


View Public Bike Pumps in a larger map

It is hopeful that the scheme will expand with support from local councils. Another interesting scheme is the one run in Suffolk where local pubs are being asked to store puncture repair kits.

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20 Responses to Find your nearest public bike pump

  1. Pete 30/10/2012 at 11:45 am #

    Cool scheme.

    All through Germany there are inner tube vending machines for those times you are short and all the stores are shut. Another scheme that could easily work in the UK.

  2. Laura 30/10/2012 at 12:55 pm #

    According to this map, the majority of keen cyclists must live, or at least frequent, in east London… that’s really interesting.

  3. Vicki 30/10/2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I believe BikeWorks on Cambridge Heath Road have a pump outside you can use. I saw one chained up to a bike stand last time I was there.

  4. sm 30/10/2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Very good idea. Do they have pressure gauges?

  5. John 31/10/2012 at 9:01 am #

    Evans in High Holbourn has a pump chained to the rack outside

  6. Brian 31/10/2012 at 11:47 am #

    Hopefully this’ll come across as a helpful suggestion rather than a grouch, but if the people who made the map read this, can they please give better descriptions of where the pumps are? For example, the one in Bromley is “next to the cycle shelter”, but the symbol is so big it could be anywhere from Bromley South to Sundridge Park. Also, I’ve noticed that Evans in The Cut has a pump available outside – perhaps it’s something all Evanses do.

    • Sean 02/11/2012 at 11:50 am #

      As with most maps that have icons you just have to zoom in to the one you want. The icons stay the same size. If the map was all the UK, each icon would cover quite a bit of the country.

  7. Jon 31/10/2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Good point Brian. I’m guessing, but I think that the pump in Bromley is likely to be beside the cycle shelters at Bromley South railway station.

  8. Sam 01/11/2012 at 9:24 am #

    What a great idea, hopefully these will appear West Dulwich way in due course. Cloud 9 Cycles (www.cloud9cycles.com) on Store Street have a pump outside as well which I’m forever using.

  9. ross 02/11/2012 at 12:03 am #

    Our communal secure bike shed at work has a Joe Blow on a chain which is very handy.

    I once saw a stand with a bike pump and a whole array of other useful bike tools (Allen keys, tyre levers, screwdriver etc) on steel cables. It was in Hoboken, New Jersey, of all places! Very handy indeed.

    I think people really need to become aware of how important it is to have properly inflated tyres. Far more efficient, and less vulnerable to punctures. Occasionally I’ll gently point it out to people whose tyres are clearly about to reach atmospheric pressure!

  10. Eoghan 02/11/2012 at 10:25 am #

    Yeah the Evans at London Bridge has a pump outside as well.

    Great idea. Presumably the patchy distribution reflects councils which have put money into the scheme so far?

  11. carolyn 02/11/2012 at 10:49 am #

    When I looked at the one in Kennington it was only for schraeder valve fitting!

  12. Andrew Wilcox 02/11/2012 at 11:31 am #

    Great idea. The village shop at Corhampton, Hampshire has puncture repair kits and Real Lancashire Eccles Cakes.

  13. Gareth Murphy 02/11/2012 at 11:56 am #

    All of the Evans shops have a pump that they will let you use. Majority of them are chained up outside the shop. I think I’ve seen a couple where there isn’t space in the street, so they have them just inside the door. Off the top of my head, Crouch End and Margaret Street are just inside the store.

  14. Martin 03/11/2012 at 9:40 am #

    Just zoom in close to pinpoint the ‘almost’ precise location. Alternatively, just go to street-view and click on each location. Would help if they had a slightly better description though. Some of them don’t have descriptions at all.

  15. Jon 06/11/2012 at 11:54 am #

    Carolyn, (and anyone else who was wondering), these pumps have ‘intelligent’ heads so they fit both Schraeder/ car-type and Presta valves. One hole for both types. Anything else would alienate a large part of the cycling population. I used the one at Kennington a while back and my bike has lovely slim Presta valves :) It worked great.

    http://www.cyclehoop.com/products/public-bicycle-pump

  16. Dunluce 25/11/2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I just used one of these pumps this morning and was amazed to see a) how much under the recommended pressure my tyres were and b) what a difference inflating the tyres to the recommended pressure made to the speed and handling of my bike. It really was quite noticeable

  17. ciclismo urbano 26/11/2012 at 8:21 am #

    First aid for my tires, please! Is a very good idea

  18. bicycle pump 29/01/2013 at 8:56 am #

    Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Liz 02/07/2014 at 4:48 pm #

    The public pump at the corner of Cable street and Dock Street, E1 seems not to be working. Can’t find any reference as to who maintains them, ie who to tell!

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