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What should the tire pressure be for trail/ pasture riding. just got the bike. tires look low

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You can get better traction that way sometimes. I would set to factory specs unless riding in the goo

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Well I trail ride on my KX250, dirt, gravel, sand, grass. The back tire I have on my bike says 32 PSI, I run it at about 28 to 30 pounds. the front tire I run around the same as the rear, I run it at about 30.

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I have a 03 yz 250 How much PSI do I put in my tires for racing track

The factory recommends 15PSI. I usually run 12PSI.

Depends a lot on what tires you have and what kind of "track" you are riding. You typically want a firm tire (more pressure) for a soft surface and a softer tire (less pressure) for a hard track but there are always exceptions depending on the details of the track and what tire you have mounted up. If you are riding a track with a lot of hard braking bumps or firm ruts or even tree roots (if you ride trails) you should run more pressure - like maybe 13-15PSI. If you run less than about 10PSI you risk pinching the tube and getting the rim damaged from sand intrusion between the bead and the tire which can cause a lot of problems unless you change your tires frequently and run multiple bead locks. To run really low pressures usually means you don't have the best tire on your bike for the conditions in my opinion.

To simplify:
Soft track, hard tire - run 12-15PSI
Hard track, soft tire - run no less than 10PSI

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Often Bicycle tires lose air slowly. It's just their nature. Because they don't hold a lot of volume of air and because that air seeps out over a relatively short period of time (a week for a road bike tire and about two weeks for a MTB knobby), there's a risk if you just ride without checking the tire pressure. If you bike on soft tires and you hit a pothole, rock or other obstacle, it's possible to damage or ruin, the tire, tube and worst of all, the rim. A too-soft tire also means that you're working a lot harder and on a mountain bike, it can make for a wobbly, hard-to-handle ride. So, be smart and check your tire pressure regularly: every week during the season for mountain bikes and before every ride for roadsters.

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I do alot of offroading on my pit bike, because i do pit bike extream up hills and down hills which is fun sometimes its muddy so i let the tyre down a bit to get grip now the problem i have is it keep...

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  • Air pressure: When riding in sand or mud, lower the air pressure to around 10psi in the rear and 11-12psi in the front. This allows more surface area on the tires to contact and grip with the sand. For harder conditions on motocross tracks and trail riding over stones, branches e.t.c, inflate them up to around 13psi, 14psi max. If the air pressure is too low over hard terrain, you run the risk of causing a puncture or damaging the RIMS. Don't tighten the nut (on the air piece) to the rim. It's not meant to be tightened. Back it off to meet the valve cap once you've got the air pressure right.
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    Hi, I owned a 2011 Trek 7.6FX. So far the bike has been good and in stock condition but I was wondering: 1. If I could use a fatter tires like LT2 or LT3 if I were to hit the track. The 700x28c...

    "Track"??? Do you mean "trail", as in REAL off-road rocks-n-roots singletrack?

    Ah, the 'compromise' bike dilemma. This is NOT a mountain bike frame nor are the wheels designed for hard hits. But you could try to make it work for light-duty trails.

    1. They make all kinds of rubber for 29ers which use the same rim size. Search for 29er tires.

    The frame and fork may limit how large a tire will have clearance. Being totally stiff (unsuspended) the off-road ride would be rough by today's MTB standards. Think: loose fillings and blurred vision, plus a lot of standing to survive the ride. That takes energy. But then there are those who have intentionally bought 'niners without suspension for some reason.

    A REAL mountain bike would be a better choice, just as a REAL road bike might be for that activity if sustained speed is ever a going to be a goal.

    2. Avid's make good brakes AND levers. Which end is the problem, I wonder. Pads also play a major part in stopping power.

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    How to Maintain a Bike's Tire Pressure for Good Performance?

    Buy a good floor pump with a gauge (see "How to Buy a Bike Pump," under Related eHows). A small, frame-mounted pump is useful only for roadside repairs.

    Understand that it's normal for most tires to lose up to 10 pounds per square inch (psi) per week. This does not mean you have a slow leak.

    Look on the tire's sidewall for tire pressure recommendations. Don't exceed the maximum tire pressure listed.

    Inflate your mountain bike's tires to 40 psi for dirt riding. You may wish to inflate your tires to 50 to 60 psi for city riding.

    Inflate your road bike's tires to 100 psi for road riding. Some road tires have much higher psi ratings. However, 100 psi will provide a good mix of performance and comfort.

    Inflate your hybrid bike's tires to 60 to 70 psi for city riding.

    Check your tire pressure before every ride

    Dec 21, 2010 | Cycling

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    What tire pressure should I use in my mountain bike tires?

    The appropriate mountain bike tire pressure can vary significantly between rider to rider and tire setup to tire setup. Trail conditions and the type of terrain can also greatly effect what tire pressure you should run.
    The real trick is to find out exactly what mountain bike tire pressure works best for you and your setup under normal conditions. You can then learn to adjust this pressure for different trails and terrain as needed.

    Here's the best way I have found to get to the right pressure for your setup:

    Find a good reliable pressure gauge or a pump with a pressure gauge. Use this same gauge or pump the whole time you are making adjustments. Gauges are notoriously inaccurate so if you switch around it will make things much more difficult.

    Start with a higher pressure somewhere around 40-50 psi (3-3.5 bar)for for 2.2-2.3 inch tires. For tubeless systems, start much lower, 30 to 40 psi. The heavier you are or the smaller your tires, the higher pressure you should start with. Ride with this pressure for a while and get a feel for how the tires hook up in corners and on loose dirt.

    Now, drop the pressure by 5 psi (0.35 bar) in each tire. Once again get a feel for how this new setup rides and compare it to the previous setting. You should feel some improvement in tire hookup with the ground and a little more stability. If you don't notice any difference drop the pressure by another 5 psi (0.35 bar).

    What you want to find is the lowest pressure you can ride without sacrificing pinch flat resistance. You get a pinch flat when your tire rolls over an object and compresses to the point where the tire and tube literally get pinched between the object and the rim of the wheel. This commonly results in a snake bite or double puncture in the tube.

    Continue to reduce tire pressure by 3-5 psi (0.1-0.3 bar) until you feel the tires are hooking up well. If you go too far, you will start getting pinch flats, so stop dropping pressure in your tires as soon as you feel you have good control or you no longer notice any improvement between pressure drops.

    If you start feeling your rims contact objects or if you start getting pinch flats, raise the pressure back up in small intervals.

    In tubeless systems, since you don't have to worry about pinch flats so much, you can run much lower pressures and some occasional rim contact is OK, but if you start denting your rims, burping air out along the bead, or if you feel the tire roll under the rim during hard cornering, you have gone too low.

    There is another balance you play with tire pressure. Lower pressure does increase rolling resistance. However, some argue, the increased control and climbing traction makes up for the extra effort needed to compensate for the extra rolling resistance. I lean toward running nearly as low pressure as you can get away with. Cross country racers may decide to sacrifice a little control for a little better efficiency.

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    How to inflate bicycle tires on a cannondale r400 road bike

    Do you have a presta valve adaptor, if you go to your local bike shop and buy one and then you can use a regular pump. If, you want something good, you can buy a decent pump at the bike shop and it will come with the adaptor. Road tires should be checked before each ride as air escapes, and low tire pressure damages wheels, just like a car, use a tire pressure guage made for bicycles or your good pump with take a reading.

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    Just because a tire is the same size doesn't mean that it has the same properties as the tire removed from the car. Sidewalls in some tires are much softer than in others. Double check tire pressures, they could be low. My guess is that the sidewalls in the new tires are a softer construction.

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