Lezyne Road Drive Pump Review

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Lezyne Road Drive Pump Review

Lezyne has made a name for themselves with beautifully crafted, exceptionally functional aluminum cycling gear and their Road Drive pump is no exception.  And that's really saying something: you wouldn't think a pump could elicit such praise (you wouldn't expect their valve extenders to either, yet they do) but when you're sitting on the road with a flat tire, you'll be thankful you have this stuffed in your jersey pocket.  The Lezyne Road Drive looks to be a simple enough pump, but that's part of it's charm.  When it comes to pumps, the Road Drive sits near the top of the pile.

Road Drive: Keeps Rides Alive!

Fully aluminum construction hides the technological aspects of this little package.  Instead of a fixed right angle head, the road drive pump hides a little secret in its barrel: something called an ABS flex hose with built in air bleed.  Simply pop the cap off the pump, unscrew the ABS flex hose, flip it over and screw it into the end of the pump.  Now you're ready to go.

As for the inflation characteristics, the overlapping handle and moderate length of around 230mm creates a supposed stroke of 170mm.  This translates into about 215 pumps to get up to 90 PSI on the 23mm tires I generally run, but I honestly never tried to get it up to the supposed 160 PSI maximum, so I can't comment on that (and who would run their tires at 160PSI anyway?)

Lezyne road drive pump with ABS hoseOverall, beautiful sturdy aluminum construction and completely rebuildable seals make this a long lasting piece of kit.  The only major downside I've experienced in the past year of testing seems to be the difficulty I've had with unscrewing the ABS hose from the body of the pump.  The knurled part of the ABS fitting is pretty small and the external threads are pretty sharp so you may end up slicing your fingers a bit.  Gloves or some other fabric solved the issue.  And finally, if you're running Schrader valve tires, you're out of luck with this pump, but there are others in the Lezyne lineup that will have you covered.

Would I recommend this pump to someone else?  You bet. I use it myself.  It's a constant companion in my back pocket when I'm out on the bike and I need peace of mind that I'll be able to inflate a tire no matter what.

$44.99

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Lezyne Road Drive Pump

$44.99
Lezyne Road Drive Pump
9.3

Construction Quality

10.0/10

Ease of pumping a tire to 90PSI

8.0/10

Durability

10.0/10

Pros

  • ABS hose with bleed valve
  • All aluminum construction
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Small pressure barrel
  • Heats up as you pump
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After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.