Why are my bicycle tires always going flat?
June 20, 2011 12:17 PM Subscribe
Why are my bicycle tires always going flat? (Air pressure gauge question within)
posted by dino terror to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I used to just pump up the tire until it felt solid and ride, and I would get a lot of flats. Turns out according to the inflation recommendation on the side of the tire I wasn't putting nearly enough air in.
So now I follow the instructions and pump them up with a pump with an attached pressure dial. The amount of air in the tire seems insane, but anyway... I did this a few months ago with new tubes in preparation for the summer and haven't rode anywhere yet. The tires are now soft to the touch (is that normal?). (I did due diligence checking the rims and tires for anything that could puncture the tubes).
I pumped them back up and checked the pressure with the pump dial as well as with a few different pen gauges I had laying around and they all gave wildly different psi readings. So one concern is that I am over or under-inflating due to these POS pressure gauges.
I ride around town rarely on my bike, mostly because I know that every damn time I have to pump up my deflated tires and it is a pain. I must be doing something really wrong because this doesn't seem like rocket science to have tires that don't constantly deflate on you... Where am I going wrong?