Using my new bike pump!

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Using my new bike pump!

Postby Two-Stroke Tart » 13 Feb 2015 14:47

So, I have a shiny new bike pump, but what I'm wondering is how often everyone checks their tyres and pumps them up (if they need it). I trundle back and forwards to work every day on Olivia, although it's not very far, but I'm just wondering how often I should check the pressure in them. Now I have a hand pump Mr TST says I have to do it myself, so should I do them every week or just if I think they seem a bit flat?
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby md6 » 13 Feb 2015 14:49

I check mine before each ride, but I don't go out very often. A quick press with your thumb will tell you if its ok - if not, put some air in. :D
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Bendy Ben » 13 Feb 2015 15:28

Check them before every ride.

Wet road = 90psi

Normal weather = 100psi

Dry roads and fine weather = 110psi

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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby CCS » 13 Feb 2015 15:32

+1 for every ride (as having a flat is a right faff)
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Two-Stroke Tart » 13 Feb 2015 15:40

This is my trucking around town bike though, not my road bike. It's a 'sit up and beg' type bike and I only do about a mile or so each way on it during the week, then maybe a trip or two round town at the weekends. It has a thing on the tyres to tell me how much to put in, just not sure with a runaround type bike how often to check them. When I go out on my road bike I check them before I go out, but that isn't very often at this time of year!

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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby ris » 13 Feb 2015 15:58

i check them (pinch the tyre) a couple of times a week, and pump them up when they are so flat the rim starts bouncing off the road.
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Two-Stroke Tart » 13 Feb 2015 16:04

I was complaining to my PT that I wasn't getting any fitter as I was still struggling up the hill* in first gear and being knackered at the top and she couldn't work it out as I'm definitely improving in sessions. Then Mr TST bought me the pump and we realised how flat they were! Next day I stormed up the hill* in third with no problems at all :D Hadn't realised how much different having some air in the tyres would make :oops:









*technical note: I am calling it a hill, but those of you who live near proper hills would probably call it flat :P
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Kevy427 » 13 Feb 2015 18:18

I find it's always best to feel first in case I need to have a quick pump before I jump on and ride. Don't want anything untoward going down on you if you're out in the countryside
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Worrying Will » 13 Feb 2015 18:21

when i was communting a quick check visual check. and then a pump at the weekend
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Re: Using my new bike pump!

Postby Jimba » 13 Feb 2015 18:52

Kevy427 wrote:I find it's always best to feel first in case I need to have a quick pump before I jump on and ride. Don't want anything untoward going down on you if you're out in the countryside

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