Pump Up your Bicycle Tyres
You can now pump your tyres to the desired volume.
The pressure range for a tyre is printed on its sidewall, and is usually listed in psi – pounds per square inch – or bars. As a general rule, for a road bike it will be 80 – 130psi, mountain bike tyres will be 30 – 50psi and hybrid tyres 50 – 70psi.
The recommended range gives you an idea of the ideal tyre pressure. However, it’s usually quite a wide window. The ideal number will vary between riders and based on conditions. Lighter riders generally need lower pressures, as they don’t push down on the tyres and cause them to compress against the surface as much. In wet conditions, you generally want to run your tyres to a lower pressure, too – to allow a greater surface area to connect with the ground.
If you’re a lighter rider, heading out on a wet day, opt for the lower end of the scale. A heavier rider on a dry day should go for the higher end of the scale – adjust this accordingly depending upon your weight and conditions.
We recommend having a track pump at home to keep your tyres fully pumped up, and carrying a small hand pump for on the go for top ups, or puncture repairs. You’ll also find that most bike shops will have a track pump available for customer use, sometimes set up outside the shop.