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Old 09-17-10, 09:29 AM   #1
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how often do you check your tire pressure?

I was wondering how often I should be checking my tire pressure and putting air in my tires...
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Old 09-17-10, 09:32 AM   #2
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I do it every ride and every ride the tires need air.
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Old 09-17-10, 09:45 AM   #3
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yup, before every ride.
1 minute to fill up air vs hours spent riding bike later.
The payoff is totally in your favor.
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Every ride as well, but don't sweat it if you forgot ( as long as you pumped it up recently). Softer tire pressure just means you're less likely to have flats, but it makes riding a bit harder since you're not getting as sweet of a rolling resistance.
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Old 09-17-10, 12:01 PM   #5
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Softer tire pressure just means you're less likely to have flats.
To a point, perhaps. But if they're too soft, your odds of suffering a pinch flat increase.

I just routinely pump mine before each ride -- I don't actually measure the tire pressure first.
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Old 09-17-10, 01:52 PM   #6
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Every few days on my road bike, every week or so on my beater bike.

Unless you are always riding at the minimum pressure, you won't lose enough PSI overnight to get flats all the time.
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Old 09-17-10, 06:13 PM   #7
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At least once a week. My rear tire seems to lose pressure sooner than the front so I know at least one is likely to need some more pressure. But if I'm going for a longer ride and haven't pumped them in a couple days then I'll pump them up before I leave.
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Old 09-17-10, 06:47 PM   #8
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Every other day, unless I have a slow leak. Every day is obsessive.
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Old 09-17-10, 06:55 PM   #9
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At the beginning of each ride, especially when a floor pump is available. I do that and make sure my water bottles are filled before starting any ride.

My riding started with tubulars and I would let pressure out to save the stitching at the end of the ride. I had to pump up the tubulars the next morning. Pumping up the tires is no big deal, even on a tour with a frame pump.
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Old 09-17-10, 06:57 PM   #10
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Does every gas station have the pump that can be used for bikes, and do they all let us use it?
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Old 09-17-10, 09:23 PM   #11
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Does every gas station have the pump that can be used for bikes, and do they all let us use it?
I don't know if it's all gas stations or just the ones in my neighborhood, but the air pumps they got (the ones you got to feed quarters into) are nearly worthless for road bikes with 700x25c or thinner tires-- They seem to be able to only go up to around 50PSI max. Most 700x25c or thinner tires requires upwards of 100PSI. That is why I have a floor pump at home with a pressure gauge that can go up beyond 100PSI.

For the record, I pump up the 700x23c tires on my road bike up to 100PSI front / 120PSI back before EACH and EVERY ride. Higher-pressure skinny tires have a lot less margin for pinch flats.

My mountain bike with its 60PSI-max tires can hold its tire pressure a lot longer (at least a week).

Before I started pumping my road bike's tires religiously before each ride, I was beset with pinch flats and lost beads. I've learned my lesson.
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Old 09-18-10, 12:36 PM   #12
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on my gatorskins, every 2-3 days. it never dips below 90psi for a 23mm tire


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Does every gas station have the pump that can be used for bikes, and do they all let us use it?
get the lezyne High Pressure drive pump (the one on the bottom, mine has a gauge) & you won't ever have to worry about anything. $45 well spent

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Old 09-18-10, 03:53 PM   #13
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Every ride, whether they need it or not.
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I do it every ride and every ride the tires need air.

This.
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Old 09-19-10, 01:37 PM   #15
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Every ride for my road bike, it only takes about 30 seconds to pump both the tires up to 110psi... They usually always need around 10-20psi put in them.

My mountain bike on the other hand, maybe every week or two.
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Old 09-19-10, 07:18 PM   #16
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Once per week is good enough for me
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get the lezyne High Pressure drive pump (the one on the bottom, mine has a gauge) & you won't ever have to worry about anything. $45 well spent
How long is it?
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Old 09-19-10, 07:58 PM   #18
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Each and every ride.
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I break out the floor pump before every ride. When I started doing this, my pinch-flat rate dropped dramatically.
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Old 09-20-10, 11:43 AM   #20
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depends on the tire. low volume high pressure tires(road) need air more often whereas low pressure high volume need air less often. If you ride once a week then you should check your tire before each ride but if you ride everyday then they will need to check about once a week unless you're riding 23's @ 120psi. I ride everyday on a touring bike w/ 32's @ 85psi and fill them once a week. They don't need much.
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Old 09-20-10, 05:29 PM   #21
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I run my tires at 90psi and I top them off each Monday morning.
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ditto - on a weekly basis, usually monday morning or sunday night.
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Old 09-24-10, 06:25 PM   #23
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thanks to Schwalbe tubes, I stopped my daily pressure check after two weeks with no drop in tire pressure.

thanks to your thread, I'm going to check right now.
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do those of you who fill your tires "each and every ride" ride your bike daily? i imagine that if i did this for each and every "ride" i'd be checking my tire pressure a minimum of 4 times daily (once each way to work; once each way to the daycare; more if i throw in an evening ride, which i often do). 4x daily seems silly. no, i take that back: it is silly.

my presta 700x28c typically use a top-off once a week (i run them at about 95psi), though i can go two weeks and the tire stabilizes at about 65psi (good enough to avoid pinch-flats, if a bit more of a workout---then again, more workout = better body). for club rides and faster times, i bring the tires closer to max pressure before i leave the house---the last bit of pre-flight maintenance (btw, there's a reason why it's called "maximum" pressure, not "recommended" "best" or "required" pressure).
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Everyday to every other day. They get put right above 90psi with 28mm tires
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