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Check and Maintain Tyre Pressures

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Maintaining your bike's tyre pressure is vital if you want to keep up your high performance.

Check And Maintain Tyre Pressures

Tyres are probably the most important parts of your bike and you need to make sure they’re always in good condition. They’re going to lose pressure over time, which will affect the speed and quality of your ride. But having too much air in your tyres is as uncomfortable and dangerous as having too little, so we’ll help you get it right.

How to check and maintain tyre pressure

Grab a pressure gauge, a bike pump and a screwdriver, then follow these 6 simple steps:

1. Work out the right tyre pressure for your bike

This depends on where and how you're riding, but use the general guidelines below and remember to let a little more air out if you're tackling demanding ground:

  • rear mountain bike tyres should be at 45 pounds per square inch (PSI).
  • front mountain bike tyres should be at 35 PSI.
  • road bike tyres vary a lot and could need as much as 130 PSI. Ask one of our experts in your local Halfords for the exact pressure for your bike.


2 .Check the pressure of your tyres

Use the bike pressure gauge to see the pressure of your tyres.

3. Take off the dust caps

If you need to adjust your tyre pressure, take the dust caps off the valves.

There are two types of valve:

  • Presta - these are long and thin with a nut at the top. Undo the nut at the top and push in the stalk until you hear air hissing out.
  • Schrader - these are wider and flat-topped. Just take off the dust cap.


4. Attach your pump

Newer pumps should come with an adapter so you can switch between either type of valve. If yours is older you may need to get a new one from us.

  • These have suspension at the rear as well as the front, so they can absorb more shock than hard-tail bikes.
  • They're heavier to pedal, but you'll be in more control when you're going downhill.
  • They're more suited to extreme riding, over every kind of rough surface.


Start pumping and try not to move the valve around too much.

5. Test your tyre pressure

Use the gauge again to see if your tyres are now spot on.

6. Put the dust caps back on

You're almost ready to get back on your bike. Screw the dust caps on until they're finger-tight.

Then, get your screwdriver and pick out any stones or debris stuck between the treads. While you're up close, check the tyre walls for any cuts or splits.

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