Tire Pressure


Old 05-19-04, 11:59 AM
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Tire Pressure

What tire pressure should I use for my bike? When I usually ride, I notice that my rear tire is squashed about 50%, but when I try and squeeze the tire, its rock solid. (All riding will be on streets)

My bike is a Trek 820 Mountain Track with 'Invert 2' tires (26 x 1.5). I weigh about 220 lbs. It says on the tire to inflate to 45-85. I normally inflate them to about 65 or 70. Should I go up to the 85 limit? Or is some squashing of the tire to be expected with my weight? I feel like if I inflate it that high, it will blow out when I sit on it...

I have a 50-mile bike ride this weekend, and I am trying to work out any bugs before then so that it is as smooth a ride as possible. (Last year, I couldnt figure out why it was such a difficult ride and everyone was blowing past me until I finished it and was pushing my bike and noticed my rear brakes were dragging. I'm not gonna let something stupid and simple like that ruin my ride this year.)

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Old 05-19-04, 03:48 PM
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65 to 70 lbs. is plenty. I am 205 and I ride with 50 to 60 lbs depending on whether it is road or dirt.
Old 07-13-04, 11:04 PM
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If it is sagging, up the pressure.

I'm 220 too and run 45 front, 55 rear off road and 105f 110r on my roadie.

I sag quite a bit on my mountain bike, but ride on a lot of sand, so like it that way.

I don't put up with any sag on my roadie...
Old 08-09-04, 12:36 PM
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You should really stick to manufacturers recommendations with regards to pressures: all pneumatic tyres from wheelbarrows to sports cars. The "appearance" of sagging is not due to low pressure but do to the nature of large air volume tyres (and tubes) - it's intended for superior grip off-road. Obviously rider weight is also a factor. If it's cosmetics you are worried about bit smaller section tyres (and tubes) and inflate them accordingly. Good luck.
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