How to Properly Calibrate Your Mountain Bike Tires

The tire needs to absorb the unevenness of the ground, provide traction and at the same time maintain comfort for the rider, so the air pressure applied to it is essential for the performance of its pedaling. Super inflated tires do not adhere well to bends and do not properly cushion the terrain. On the other hand, tires with pressure below the recommended level are likely to damage the wheel rims, in addition to the high possibility of holes.

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Therefore, it is fundamental to consider the factors that directly imply the choice of the ideal tire pressure for your mountain bike. Among them are the weight of the cyclist and bicycle added to the conditions of the terrain and the size of the wheel diameter.

From these recommendations, a balance is always sought. That is, the pressure indicated for your weight, condition of use and type of tire. See the table below:

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To increase grip on bends, put between 2 and 5 psi of pressure less on the front tire than the rear tire.

For different areas:

Loose: Decrease between 1 and 3 psi on both tires

Firm: Do the opposite, increase between 1 and 3 psi

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Avoid filling your tires with gas station compressors. They have been optimized for use with larger volumes of air at lower pressures, the opposite of what is used on bicycle tires. An interesting option is to adhere to an air pump.

Pressing your fingers against the side walls of the tire is by no means the best way to measure the pressure of a tire. Here the best option would be to get a portable and reliable gauge.