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Air Pressure and the Reasons Why You Should Ride A Perfectly Inflated Bike

Ensuring that your bike’s tires air pressure is right does not just make your ride comfortable but guarantees your safety. This article looks at three reasons why you should get your air pressure right. To do this, here are the most critical tips that can help you keep your tire pressure right

Start By Pumping It Up

If the amount of pressure in the tires is sufficient, it lets and allows the bike to fend off flats and roll up quickly. If your bicycle has narrow tires, it requires more pressure than one with wide tires. Typically, road tires need about 80 to 130 pounds per square inch (psi) while the hybrid tires require 50 to 70 psi. If you don’t know your ideal pressure, pumping it to up to 60 psi is recommended. As you do this, you should also factor in your body weight range. If you weigh more, your tires will need more pressure. For instance, any rider who weighs about 165- pound must ride a bicycle whose tires have about 100 psi. If the rider weighs 200 pound, the tires must be pumped up to 120 psi. A rider who is about 130 pound may do well on 80 psi. Generally, it is recommended that you observe the manufactures pressure requirements.

Stop Resisting

When the bike is fully pumped, it is more efficient and has a lower rolling resistant because it has been observed that on a smooth surface, hard tires will always flex less hard, while the contact path created will always be smaller than when the pressure is not sufficient. However, we are all aware that there are no roads in the world that are perfectly smooth. For this reason, it is mandatory that you have properly inflated tires that can conform to the regular bumps you will encounter as you ride. It should be capable of absorbing the shocks.

Note that overinflating the tires is not good. When you do this, the effect is that it will transmit the impact to the rider. This sacrifices the speed of riding and makes you feel less comfortable. If you are riding on a newly refurbished road, 100 psi will make your bike feel great. However, if you are on a rough road, 90 psi will certainly make the bike roll faster. If you are riding your bike in wet conditions, it is highly recommended that you let it run at 10 psi less than it usually does. If you are a mountain biker who rides on a trailhead, and if your bike is used to riding at 50 psi, such a bike will feel better if it is on a single track at 38 psi.

Preventing a Flat Tire

It is true that when air is under pressure, it has a high tendency of escaping so that it can join the other air that is freely circulating in the atmosphere. If you ride over any sharp object, you can prevent your tire from going flat by removing the debris immediately. To be sure of the protection, it is recommended that you use a puncture proof tube or make use of tire liners. On the other hand, you can avoid pinch flats by simply riding the bike on flat surfaces. This means that you must always try to avoid riding it in bumpy areas. Also, you must always ensure that the tires have sufficient air. Remember to check and maintain a certain level of air pressure throughout. You also need to unweight the wheels by pushing the bike down whenever, you encounter bumps and pull it up as you roll over them. This helps to even the pressure and allows the bike to roll over the bumps easily. Note that the air pressure in tires is always affected by the temperature. If the temperature drops by about 10-degree Fahrenheit the amount of pressure will drop by at least 2 %. However, if the temperature drops from 90 to 60 degrees, the pressure in the tires may drop from 100 psi to 94 psi. This drop is significant and necessitates that the pressures be checked before you actually take a ride.
Paula R. Buckland
 

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