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Old 06-03-15, 10:33 AM
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How often do you check and pump the tires?

I read the other threads that they pump their tires every time they ride their bikes. I pretty much ride my mtb every day. Is that mean I have to pump the tires everyday?
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Old 06-03-15, 10:36 AM
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I check before every ride. I end up topping them off once or twice a week on the two bikes I ride regularly.
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Air holding quality of todays tubes seems to be fair to poor. I have found that I need to check tire pressure MUCH more often than I did when I was younger. Some are better than others. Just make it a habit of checking before you leave.

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I pump up the tires on my road bikes every time I ride. I do the same for my mountain bike, though I don't think pumping up the tires before every ride is as critical for mountain bike tires as road bike tires.
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Old 06-03-15, 10:42 AM
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Typically at least weekly.
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Originally Posted by speedy25 View Post
Air holding quality of todays tubes seems to be fair to poor. I have found that I need to check tire pressure MUCH more often than I did when I was younger. Some are better than others. Just make it a habit of checking before you leave.

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I suspect they're making the tubes from thinner rubber to save on bottom line expense.

Check before every ride. End up topping off every few days, roadie tubeless can be a bit more fussy that way.
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Originally Posted by Texboy View Post
I read the other threads that they pump their tires every time they ride their bikes. I pretty much ride my mtb every day. Is that mean I have to pump the tires everyday?
I always check air pressure before a ride. I may only test between thumb and fore finger for a ride in the neighborhood with my grand kids or top off before a longer, more serious ride. Seems the larger and lower PSI tires lose less than the smaller high pressure tires in the same amount of time, over night for example. If using latex tubes rather than butyl rubber, the tire needs to be checked before any ride.

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Old 06-03-15, 11:15 AM
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I top off before every ride (which is usually every other day). Only takes a few pumps to bring them to the desired pressure. Better than getting a flat!
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Old 06-03-15, 11:23 AM
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After a while you learn the pressure loss rate of your tires. This varies by cross section, starting pressure, and tube material and thickness. So the loss rate is going to be different for your various bikes if you own more than one.

Once you know how much pressure the tires will lose in a day or week, you can schedule topping off accordingly. On my commuter with 2" tires at 60psi, I top off weekly adding about 6-7psi. On my local ride road bike with 1" tire/tube wheels @100psi I top off every few days, or based on a "bounce test". However my serious road bike has tubulars with lates tubes and is topped off daily.

There's no need to be anal about tire pressure, since there's a decent amount of latitude. I fill to about 5% above what I'd consider ideal, let the tire lose air through ideal, and top off when it's about 5% low.
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Old 06-03-15, 11:27 AM
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Every ride but I'm a fattie so if I don't I get pinch flats.

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Old 06-03-15, 11:42 AM
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When they start feeling "soft" which translates into not real often.
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Road bike, 23c, 110psi - every ride.
Commute bike 28c - 90psi - once a week or maybe two weeks.
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Old 06-03-15, 12:49 PM
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Grocery getter with 26X1.25" I top off 90/100 about every 2-3 weeks or if I'm going to haul a HEAVY load in the rear baskets.
Hybrid with 622-25 with 100/110 every 3-7 days depending how far & where I'm going to ride. IF I'm going for a long ride I add 10.
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Where I have put in Thorn Resistant inner tubes they retain air for a long time ,

but when they do lose a bit of PSI they let you know from Increased rolling resistance ..
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
After a while you learn the pressure loss rate of your tires. This varies by cross section, starting pressure, and tube material and thickness. So the loss rate is going to be different for your various bikes if you own more than one.

Once you know how much pressure the tires will lose in a day or week, you can schedule topping off accordingly. On my commuter with 2" tires at 60psi, I top off weekly adding about 6-7psi. On my local ride road bike with 1" tire/tube wheels @100psi I top off every few days, or based on a "bounce test". However my serious road bike has tubulars with lates tubes and is topped off daily.

There's no need to be anal about tire pressure, since there's a decent amount of latitude. I fill to about 5% above what I'd consider ideal, let the tire lose air through ideal, and top off when it's about 5% low.
My general strategy as well. It tends to result in about every 7 days for my bike with 25cm tires, every 5 days for my bikes with 23cm tires.
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I read the other threads that they pump their tires every time they ride their bikes. I pretty much ride my mtb every day. Is that mean I have to pump the tires everyday?
In general, mountain bike tires lose air more slowly than high pressure road tires. A road bike (~110psi) might lose 5psi/day, so after 3-4 days you're at an unacceptably low pressure. Mountain bike tires (~30 psi), might lose 2-3 psi/week so you can check the tires once a week or so.

In general, I check the tires if I haven't ridden in a few days. Experience is by far the best guide.
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Old 06-03-15, 02:26 PM
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So far the new Specialized tubes I just installed have been holding air pretty well; less than 10 psi loss per week for 110 psi tires on my daily commuter, so I've been topping up every Monday morning...
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I usually top off my 700c x 32c tires about once every week to ten days. At 75 psi, they stay up pretty well. I always inspect them and give them the "squeeze" test before every ride.
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Originally Posted by Texboy View Post
I read the other threads that they pump their tires every time they ride their bikes. I pretty much ride my mtb every day. Is that mean I have to pump the tires everyday?
On my road and cross bikes, before every ride.

On my commuter bike, probably once a week at best when I'm riding it regularly.
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Same as on the cars... when they look/feel low.

I should do it far more often, probably weekly.
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Once or twice a week, as they need it.
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I check every time I ride using my thumb and index finger to give a good squeeze. But I don't always top off. One bike that has 26" latex tubes needs to be pumped each time. Same with my 700c tubulars. But on my other bikes, all 26" regular black rubber tubes, they usually only need to be topped off three times in a week. None of my bikes rest on the ground on their tires. So there is no outside pressure on them to accelerate any loss of pressure. That's not the reason why they are on my rack or hoisted but I as I am typing this, it occurred to me. It might have some effect but it's probably negligible.

Because it is necessary to pump bicycle tires so often, I always say to anyone when the subject comes up to get yourself a good floor pump and an accurate gauge. It is a good investment and you will not regret spending the money on something that is so critical to proper bike care.
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I try to look at and fondle my tires before or after every ride. Inspection of the surface can locate little cuts or sharp embedded stuff that can be removed before it works it's way down through the outer layers , casing and kevlar belt. I usually air up a couple of times a week.
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About every week for road bikes tires. Every two or three weeks for MTB & hybrid tires.

Seems to me that Schrader valves do a much better job at holding air.
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With a road bike its critical to check the tire pressure/pump up before EVERY ride. With my mountain bike its less critical, with my MTB that I ride everyday I pump the tires up once a week and that seems to work fine.
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