Road Bike Maintenance : How to Inflate your Road Bike Tires

Road Bike Maintenance : How to Inflate your Road Bike Tires


Because proportionately the tires are so much
smaller on road bikes, a few PSI of pressure is a lot more important. So, 99% of all road
bikes, use the Presta-style valve, which you may or may not have on your mountain mike.
But, as a general rule, the way they work is you unscrew that little brass knob, and
it lets air in and out. So, you don’t need a valve cover or anything on this. You can
just close up your valve and no air escapes. So, pressure-wise you want to be running between,
let’s say 90 and 115 PSI in most tires. Some tires that are really fancy and have a lot
of thread count per inch, allow you to run up to 145 PSI or so. That higher pressure
doesn’t mean that they’re a stiffer ride, it just means that the actual cotton and fabric
and rubber that the tire’s made out of, is a little bit more compliant. Generally, you
can run a little bit less pressure in the front wheel than in the rear wheel. And a
little bit less pressure’s usually going to give you better traction because it’s going
to conform better, just like on a mountain bike, it acts like suspension and conforms
to the road. So, you want to run as little pressure as you can get away with, so you
don’t pinch flat, so that your tire doesn’t squirm all over the place. And you want to
check your pressure quite regularly because an under-inflated road tire is going to be
a hassle, because you’re going to get a flat, or you’re going to have some sort of mishap.

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  1. why don't you douche.. stop making fun of him and make a better video than him.. fu..ck bag.

    you don't know shi.t about bike anyways bitc.h

  2. Im here cos im tryin to figure out how to work a pump but guess what? Second vid and still noones showed me. Why dont u do what ur misleading heading says?

  3. Relax people. The info portrayed in this video is much more useful to a newbie than showing how you put the head on the valve and how you pump. Is there really anyone here who didn't already know how to do that?

  4. Not once during the entire video did you mention anything about how to actually inflate the tire. Therefore … "What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things that I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

  5. For road bikes: when you inflate, you let all the air out or just a little "psst" ? Cause i seem to be getting quite a few punctures, if I deflate entirely..  not sure. The rim seems to be spotless and my rim tape also

  6. thanks man!!!! i didnt know how that freaking valve worked lol…1st time on a road bike i always had a mountain bike b4!

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