Despite the simplicity of the bicycle tire pressure calculator and design, for normal safe driving, it is necessary to deal with some nuances. One of the main factors responsible for driving comfort, speed, speed, and vibration absorption is the pressure in the tires of the bicycle.
What should I look for when pumping wheels?
Immediately it should be noted that the number of atmospheres that you pump into the wheels depends on several factors, the main of which are:
- The type of tires you use and their width.
- Riding style
- The terrain and quality of the road surface you prefer to drive
Let us dwell in detail on the first and, in my opinion, the most important point. Personally, I ride a mountain bike with wheels 26 inches in diameter and 2.10 inches wide tires. The design of my tread is not very prominent, but quite sufficient for a clear grip on asphalt, soil, grass.
Each tire except the diameter and width has a characteristic indicating the allowable limits of pressure. This value is indicated in PSI and bar (1 bar is approximately equal to 1 atmosphere and 14.5 PSI). Simply put, you cannot swing a tire designed for 4 atmospheres to a higher pressure, and a chamber with a minimum limit of 2.6 atoms should not be deflated to a lower figure.
If the pressure limit exceeds the permissible, the tire can fly off the rim or even burst, and if the pressure is lower than the specified one, then it can break in a turn or, if it hits a bump, the rim can penetrate the chamber. I try to use high-pressure tires with a wide distribution of the minimum and maximum pressure limits.
We now turn to the style of riding.
I drive along relatively flat asphalt roads, country roads and forest roads and paths, I like to drive fast. For this style of riding, I prefer to pump the wheels up to 3.5-4 atmospheres. Such a high bar value allows to achieve good speed characteristics, great knurling, but when hit on the hummocks and stones, the fifth point immediately feels all the unevenness of the road surface.