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Old 02-02-12, 09:57 AM
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The elation of inflation!

you'd think after 5 years of daily bike commuting that i'd learn a thing or two by now, but sometimes the little things can still occasionally catch me off guard.

over the past 2 months i've more or less moved in with my girlfriend. i'm hardly ever at my condo anymore, and when i do swing by, it's just to pick up mail. as such, i had gone almost a month since last topping up my tires (GF doesn't have a floor pump). in that month my marathon winters had bled down to about 20 PSI. no freaking wonder i was feeling like i was pedaling through quicksand earlier this week.

so i went home last night and took the tires up to max pressure (75 PSI) because it's been so freakishly warm and there's no ice danger anytime soon. what a freaking difference!

happiness ensued on the ride in this morning with a big old grin on my face!
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Old 02-02-12, 10:00 AM
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Oh yeah. I pump up my tires before every ride unless I forget. In addition to rolling better, properly inflated tires will get fewer flats.
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Old 02-02-12, 10:08 AM
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^ yeah, i regularly inflate too (not before every single ride, that's too OCD for me), but moving in with my girlfriend has thrown my normal routine for a loop, and it just slipped my mind.
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On the plus side, Marathons tend to be stiff and you can almost run flat with them. I got a flat in a dodgy neighborhood and I rode it flat for about 4 blocks to get to a more secure area before changing it.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
On the plus side, Marathons tend to be stiff and you can almost run flat with them.
Yep. I got Marathon Plus tires on one bike and Marathon Winters on another. They can get really, really low before it's obvious you need to pump them up.
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Old 02-02-12, 10:36 AM
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Sinner!


I mean, glad to hear that the tires are working better. Buy her a floor pump for Valentine's Day.
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Old 02-02-12, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by thermionicscott View Post
buy her a floor pump for valentine's day.


nothing says "i love you" like a floor pump.

that's a great idea. it reminds of the time Homer bought Marge a bowling ball for her birthday even though she didn't bowl. he even had the ball engraved with his name on it. that takes serious cojones!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Buy her a floor pump for Valentine's Day.
dang it, beat me to it!
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Old 02-04-12, 01:45 PM
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Once a week keeps me happy. I'm also happy if it gets up to 95 psi.
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When its dry I keep my 25s and 23s at 120-125.
When its wet I ride 25s at 100-110.
When its icy I ride slick 37s at 70.
When its snowy I ride 2s at 60.

The retro grouches will tell you that running higher psi on skinnies is less efficient, increases number of flats, and is all around bad karma. Ignore them.
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Glad you're back on the road fully inflated.

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The same thing happened to me this week!

I was busy with school/work/life and let my tires go down to like 35 psi :x.. they almost rolled off the rim when making a sharp turn haha. Now I feel like I'm going a lot faster.
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Old 02-04-12, 06:02 PM
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I inflate before every ride. I am a real big heavy guy and it is needed.
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I nearly went out today with soft gooey tires. My floor pump was under a down vest (too warm for it) and a duffel bag, with a bit of dust clinging to it. Great ride! The trails have no snow and absolutely no ice. Best winter ever.
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Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
The retro grouches will tell you that running higher psi on skinnies is less efficient, increases number of flats, and is all around bad karma. Ignore them.
Indeed. I learned the hard way to not engage those retrogrouch types who insist that a 35 @ 70psi rolls faster than a 23 @ 125psi. There ain't no use debating with a brick wall.
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I run 37s with 42/62 psi. There's a website somewhere that calculates your ideal tire pressure and that's how I got it, I forgot what it was though. dorky shorts or something...
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Large tires don't need topping up nearly as often as small (thin) tires. Air volume makes a world of difference. I top up my 700x25 road bike commuter tires once a week, without fail (around 95 front, 105 rear). The 1.5" tires on my utility bike I topped up much less often, every 2-3 weeks or so. I noticed that the 2.15" Big Apple tires I just put on the utility bike have marked on the packaging that you can go at least a month between inflating them.
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My last flat happened New Year's day while my bike was sitting in my GFs garage. Like my last couple of flats, the blowout was by the stem in an area that would get stressed by removing the chuck, making me wonder if I suffered the agony of deflation due to too much inflation.
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My last flat happened New Year's day while my bike was sitting in my GFs garage. Like my last couple of flats, the blowout was by the stem in an area that would get stressed by removing the chuck, making me wonder if I suffered the agony of deflation due to too much inflation.
Had that happen on my wife's bike a couple of times with its Schrader valves. I hate Schrader valves.
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I got Vittoria Voyager Hypers at the end of last season...and still am dialing in pressure. I think I'm going in the other direction...I've got them over-inflated a bit. 40mm at 60 front 65 rear.

Really fast and comfy tires though...love them.
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I prefer my tires near the midpoint of the recommended pressure range. They get better grip and yield a more comfortable ride than max inflation. I think they last longer too. That said, I know it's time to inflate them when my bike computer indicates that my normal route is 1% longer than before. Softer tires reduce the effective diameter of the wheel, which results in slightly higher odom readings.

As for this thread, it's now 5 years old and I believe the OP has gotten married and had a kid by now.
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Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
I prefer my tires near the midpoint of the recommended pressure range. They get better grip and yield a more comfortable ride than max inflation. I think they last longer too. That said, I know it's time to inflate them when my bike computer indicates that my normal route is 1% longer than before. Softer tires reduce the effective diameter of the wheel, which results in slightly higher odom readings.

As for this thread, it's now 5 years old and I believe the OP has gotten married and had a kid by now.
WHOT?? DAMMIT! Once again I'm victim of a zombie thread reincarnated, without me noticing the OP date. Sometimes I notice it, but sometimes not.
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
Had that happen on my wife's bike a couple of times with its Schrader valves. I hate Schrader valves.
I find it ironic that my flats are due to adding the same air back that I let out to check the tire pressure 90% of the time.
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Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
As for this thread, it's now 5 years old and I believe the OP has gotten married and had a kid by now.
in fact, i've got two kids now.

i started this thread back when my wife and i were still just dating, before we were even engaged.

it's been an eventful 5 years: engagement ---> wedding ---> daughter born ---> son born.

and now we're on the verge of moving out of our condo in the city and moving to a house in the burbs.

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
in fact, i've got two kids now.

i started this thread back when my wife and i were still just dating, before we were even engaged.

it's been an eventful 5 years: engagement ---> wedding ---> daughter born ---> son born.

and now we're on the verge of moving out of our condo in the city and moving to a house in the burbs.
nooooo the city is so much better tho right?? We live in a suburb now and I hate it. I wish we lived in the city with shorter commutes, errands, etc.
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