The Right Tire Pressure for a Road Bike

Proper road tire pressure is critical. Set it too high and cornering traction will suffer. Set it too low and you’ll be more susceptible to pinch flat punctures. To identify the proper inflation range, look on your tire’s sidewall. There you’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure range, which for road tires is usually between 90 and 140psi. 

Within that range, you can fine tune your pressure based on surface conditions and the type of riding you plan to do. If you’re riding on rougher roads, opt for the lower end of the recommended range to increase traction and smooth out the ride. It’s also a good idea to run lower pressure when riding in the rain, as you’ll be less likely to slide out in tight corners. On the other hand, if you’re riding on smooth, dry roads, push the upper limit of the psi range for lower rolling resistance and increased speed.

If you have any questions about correct road tire pressure, call the Performance Bicycle Spin Doctor product support line at 1-800-553-TECH. Happy riding.


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