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Old 03-28-09, 11:09 AM   #1
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Tyre pressure

What tyre pressure provides good balance between rolling resistance and comfort?

This is for 20x1.5 Marathons. They are specified as 40-100psi.

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You would be the one to decide what is best for your comfort level.
Try different psi 's on the same road.
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You would be the one to decide what is best for your comfort level.
Try different psi 's on the same road.
I hoped for slightly more info than that ;-)

Can you tell me about your experience?

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I hoped for slightly more info than that ;-)

Can you tell me about your experience?

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I'll give you some conjecture and a little bit of anecdote.

I put 20x1.75 marathons on my Moulton TSR and they were very satisfactory. A bit slower than the stelvios that it came with. The moulton has suspension front and back and I blew them up rock hard and they were great. However, had I not had suspension, I might have found them a rough ride. The bike was very sure footed with the tyres at 100psi (measured on my workshop pump so a bit of plus or minus could be applicable and I don't know which).

I would say just try different pressures and evaluate the speed against rough ride continuum. I bet they'd be fine at about 55 psi on an unsuspended bike, but you'll have to try it and see. There are so many variables in the rider's preference / road surface / tyre pressure / tyre type equation that I doubt anyone can just give a simple answer.

Anyway - experimenting is fun and passes the time.

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Old 03-28-09, 02:07 PM   #5
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Here's an excellent article written by Sheldon Brown discussing tire pressure and other tire issues.
http://www.adventurecycling.org/reso...rown_tires.pdf
There is also an article this month in Adventure Cyclist on tire pressure but I didn't see it available online yet.
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Optimal tyre pressure depends on road condition and total weight of rider/bike and desired comfort level.
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Old 03-28-09, 02:55 PM   #7
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I'm one of the 'fat tyre run soft' gang. Big Apples or an equivalent run at 20 - 35 psi for me. Anything else is too harsh for the less-than-perfect London road surfaces.
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Iím running with Schwalbe Kojaks on the Dahon and Schwalbe Stelvio on the Brompton... both pumped up near the max @ 100 psi. Speed over comfort for me
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