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Speed vs. Comfort

Old 09-21-04, 07:12 PM
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Speed vs. Comfort

Without realizing it, I have been riding my hybrid bike with 40psi in the tires. I just happened to look at the sidewall, and noticed that the recommended pressure is 60-80psi. So I inflate to 70psi and go for a ride. GOOD GOD! The aftershock of a bump running through my forearms and a$$ is enough to make me see stars, and yet the speed is so.....so.... invigorating! My question to you is should I keep the pressure high so I can speed (and hope I get used to it), or should I use the lower pressure I have become accustomed to. Keep in mind it is a hybrid with 700x35c tires, and although I'm no speed demon, I do "feel the need for speed" occasionally.
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Old 09-21-04, 07:40 PM
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You will get used to it. Keep the speed, if you enjoy speed like I do. I would keep the tire at 80, but I don't mind vibrations, and, besides, my Lemond Buenos Aires road bike rides like a dream! I keep those tires at 120 psi, have for years now. I keep my mtn bike slicks at 80 (their max rating), and I have no suspension on my mtn bikes.
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Old 09-21-04, 07:51 PM
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Yup! you will get use to it.. and eventually you'll get addicted to the speed, and you would search long and wide for tires that can go up to 160psi, and go even FASTER! Boowwaahhhhaahhhhaaahh !!! (<-that is an evil laugh)...
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Old 09-21-04, 08:06 PM
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Underinflated tyres are hazardous in corners. Keep them inflated at least to the minimum indicated on the tyre/

But yes, when it comes to road tyres, the harder the better.
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Find a happy comprimise on the tire pressure, like try 65 psi maybe. I run 80 on my comfort, the difference in speed and effort makes up for (easily) the cushy ride.
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ok people, you've convinced me....I shall stick with the higher pressures. But one last question.....
Wouldn't higher pressures mean more probability of a bent rim?
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Originally Posted by TrukTek2
ok people, you've convinced me....I shall stick with the higher pressures. But one last question.....
Wouldn't higher pressures mean more probability of a bent rim?
Not in my experience. Quite the opposite in fact. If you hit a kerb or whatever too hard, a harder tyre will prevent damage to the rim, as well as pinch flats. Forces that will bend a wheel are usually sideways forces, and they don't care how hard your tyre is.
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Old 09-22-04, 08:06 AM
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Repeat as needed :

More comfort
More speed
More comfort
More speed
More comfort
More speed
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