How often should you check your tyre pressure?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by benb, 4 May 2010.

  1. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    As the title really.
    I pumped up my tyres when I started cycling to work a few weeks ago. Since then I've just given the tyres a squeeze to see if they still feel firm. Would you recommend getting the pump on them more often to check the pressure?

    Also, when I pull the pump off, there's a small release of air as the valve disconnects (half a second or something). Should I be putting a bit more than the correct pressure in to account for this?
     
  2. Vidor06

    Vidor06 Long term loafer

    I check my tyre pressure either on a Sunday or early Monday morning in preparation for my weekly commute.
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    if commuting everyday (as i used to) i'd pump them up every monday or when they felt like they needed it.

    otherwise, it's no great bother to pump them up to full pressure if i'm going on a ride of any length.
     
  4. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    I wouldn't worry about the small escape of air.

    Butyl inner tubes retain the air very well for up to a month and even then only normally require a minimal top up.
     
  5. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    On one bike the pressure seems to drop noticeably over the course of a week, on the other it doesn't. Different tubes and tyres make a difference.

    Checking once a week should suffice.
     
  6. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    When I bought my Marathon Plus & Tubes, Schwalbe said to pump them up once a month.

    They also said that you shouldn't use thumb feel as measurement - i.e use a pump with gauge.

    I commute every day, so I check & pump them to max once a week.
     
  7. zacklaws

    zacklaws Veteran

    Location:
    Beverley
    Before every ride, commuting or leisure, I check the pressure and if not 125lbs I pump them up.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Thanks for all the tips.

    I think I'll check them every week or 2, but no longer than that.
     
  9. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Weekly or before a big ride
     
  10. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    oSLo
    As above, or with sudden increases in body-weight! ;)
     
  11. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    I check before every ride... though it depends what you mean by 'check'. I don't get a gauge out but just give both tyres a quick squeeze. That tells me if they need air or not.
     
  12. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    Same here - pump them up pretty much every day or two. I use 115 psi.
     
  13. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    My thumb is as accurate as most pump gauges, so I don't need one on my track pump.

    I check my tyres every time I go out and i need to top them up every two or three weeks.
     
  14. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    On my roadie, it's once every two rides... just a top up. On my mtb/commuter, it's only necessary about once a month!
     
  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    My tyres have usually dropped from 110 to around 90 within a few days so I pump them every ride.
     
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