How to Measure Pressure in Your Bike Tyre

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How to Measure Pressure in Your Bike Tyre

Complete tyre tool kits and bike tyre parts can be easily purchased from eBay. This kit is carries a weight that is conveniently manageable. The required tools are similar to the size of a pen, which make them all the more convenient to be carried in a tiny pouch on your bike. If you keep this tiny pouch with you, then you will be prepared if your bike's tyre unexpectedly blows out or leaking air. A standard kit, which comes complete with a spare tube and a frame-mounted air pump, is normally stored under the bike's small ergonomically-designed seat. Sometimes it is strapped firmly against the vertical or the transverse frame of the bike. Cycling can be exhilarating when your bike is performing optimally. That includes ensuring that the tyres are carefully chosen to suit the desired cycling conditions and bike model. If you have knowledge and the right tools, then you will be equipped for the event of a flat tyre. It is advisable, however, to prevent a blowout by knowing how to measure pressure in your bike tyre.

The History of the Bicycle

The walking machine was built in 1817 by Baron von Drais. In 1865 the Velocipede was built. This invention was eventually followed by the High Wheel Bicycle. The High Wheel Bicycle was modified during the centuries to reach the design of the modern bike that we are familiar with today. In the past, bicycles were simply used to get from one point to another. Fortunately, bicycle wheels have made remarkable improvements since the wood and metal ''Bone Shakers'' of the 1800s. Comfort and handling are the end products of years of refining. Additionally, revisions in the sizing methods, such as those made by the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization, have standardized and simplified purchasing the right tire for one's biking needs. Today bikes are not only used for daily transportation, but they are also used for entertainment and competitions.

How to Measure Pressure in Your Bike Tyres with a Gauge

Measuring bike tire pressure with a gauge must be done with a tyre gauge made for bikes. An automotive pressure gauge will not work correctly. You can use a pressure gauge built into a bike tire pump for checking the pressure. Some essential steps to follow are below.



 Step 1:

To check the bike tyre pressure, take the cover off of the valve.

Step 2:

Set the cap down or put it in your pocket so that it isn't lost. Place the pressure gauge squarely against the pressure valve.

Step 3:

Push the lever or knob to check the pressure. Let the gauge continue rising until it stops. This final air pressure reading is the true one.

Step 4:

Remove the pressure gauge and put the cap back on.

Step 5:

Use the same bike pressure gauge over time so that the pressure readings are calibrated.

Whether to Repair or Replace Your Bike Tyres

Tyres can be repaired, but they are often treated as a consumable good by many bike riders. When should you repair bike tyres, and when should you replace them? You should replace bike tyres when the tread is wearing out around the tyres. In this case, your tyres can no longer maintain a safe grip on the road. When the tread has worn out in one particular location, it may be repaired with a patch to that one area. When you have a small pin prick hole in a tyre, putting fix-a-flat or similar foam into the tyre can fill the hole. A patch will cover a single small rip or hole. Large holes and gashes are harder to reliably repair, and you would be safer to replace the tyres than try to apply multiple patches. If a tyre keeps losing air over time despite patching or additions of fix-a-flat foam, replace it.

When someone has gained a significant amount of weight or is carrying large loads on the bike, it is better to switch to wider tyres than ride with the tyres protruding past the bike's rims. Instead of taking tyres meant for the street off-roading, switch between tyres meant for city streets and those meant for dirt paths.

However, it is not a good idea to rotate bike tyres from front to back, though car tyres are often rotated. The front tyre wears out several times faster than the back tyre, since this is where the brakes are applied. If the front tyre is wearing out, you can move it to the back. Rear tyres that are wearing out should not be moved to the front unless you have no choice. However, it is best for the front tyre to be replaced with a new one if it has been damaged. When the rear tyre blows out, you can probably stop safely. If the front tyre has a blowout, you may lose control.
Measure Pressure in Your Bike Tyres Without a Gauge

If you do not have a pressure gauge to determine if the tyres are low, you can use the equation of load divided by area to determine an estimate of the tyre pressure. Determine the load on each wheel in pounds using a bathroom scale. Mark the portion of the tire that is in contact with the scale. This is the area under load. Divide the weight on the scale (the load of the tyre) by the area in contact with the scale to get a rough estimate of the tyre pressure. As the tyre pressure decreases, more of the tyre surface will come into contact with the scale.

A simple method is to check the pressure of the suspect tyre against a properly inflated one. A tyre with too much give relative to a properly inflated tyre probably needs air. A tyre with less resistance or give when squeezed probably has too much air. However, tyre can be significantly under-inflated before they will begin to bulge. This is why serious riders should check the air pressure in their tyre every few weeks and add air as necessary.

The recommended air pressure for bike tyres is typically printed on the side. The maximum air pressure value given is perhaps half the maximum pressure the tyre can stand before it would rupture, but you should not add more air than the maximum recommended pressure. Off road tyre pressure is generally lower than that for on-road tyre pressure; check the user's manual for the bike to get the recommended air pressure for off-road biking. The recommended tyre pressure will increase along with the rider's weight. Using wider tyres means you can use a lower air pressure, or someone who weighs a lot can safely ride on the bike without over-pressuring the tyres.

Removing the Tube from the Tyre

The tube is the rubber item that is filled with air. If you are concerned about air pressure because the tyre has been punctured, then you can easily separate the tube from the tyre with your bare hands. Be certain of the original position of the tube before making any attempts to remove it. One of the easiest ways to remember the position is to make a mark on the tyre where the air-inflation valve lines up. After you have removed the tube from the tyre and have identified the punctured area, you can now determine whether it would be wise to patch the tube or discard it and replace it with a new one. If any tiny road hazards caused your tyre to puncture, thoroughly check the interior of the tyre to determine if the object is still present in the punctured area. If the object is still lodged in the tyre, carefully remove it. If you do not, the threatening object could continue to cause serious damage to the new tube that you are going to put in.


Before you hop on your bike for a ride, remember to measure pressure in your bike tyre. Make sure that the axle is secure in the drop-outs. A concise checklist is a great way to inspect your bike before you set off on an enjoyable ride. If your bike tyre needs to be replaced, you can consider a wide selection of tyres on eBay.

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