Proper tire pressure lets your bike roll quickly, ride smoothly, and avoid flats. Narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones: Road tires typically require 80 to 130 psi (pounds per square inch); mountain bike tires, 25 to 35 psi; and hybrid tires, 40 to 70 psi.
How much air should I put in my bike tires?
Tire inflation basics
The tires don’t sag down and create a large surface area, because it’s simply not needed. A typical road tire should be inflated to something between 90 and 120 PSI. Mountain bike tires, on the other hand, tend to run at much lower PSI.
What is the air pressure for a 26-inch bike tire?
Inflate these to 30 to 50 psi. Hybrid or road style 26-inch tires are less than 2 inches wide and have little to no tread to minimize rolling resistance and increase speed. You can inflate some models of these tires up to 95 psi, but 60 to 80 psi is a more common recommendation.
What is a good psi for mountain bike tires?
Most mountain bike tires are rated for 25-50 PSI. Road tires are usually 80-120 PSI. Gravel tires are often 40-80 PSI. While they are a good starting point, those ranges are too broad and conservative for most riders.
How much psi should be in my mountain bike tires?
Typical mountain bike pressures range from 22psi (1.5 bar) to 35psi (2.4 bar), generally with more air in the rear than the front. This is because more of your weight is on the rear, so it needs more support.
Is it OK to ride a mountain bike on the road?
The quick and simple answer is: Yes, you can ride your mountain bike on the street. Mountain bikes are primarily designed for bike trails, and won’t perform nearly as well when ridden on the road, but you can definitely do it.
Can I use a car tire pump on my bike?
The long answer: The reason you can sometimes use an automotive air-pump on a bicycle tire/tube is because they share an identical valve. (See: Schrader valve/Schrader tube in the Terminology Index). If you have this type, you will definitely be able to get air into your tubes in a pinch.
Can I put air in my bike tires at a gas station?
Yes, you can. But many stations have expensive coin operated machines, and it may not make fiscal sense. Take care to fill slowly, as gas station compressors can easily blow out a bike tire. Filling slowly also helps the tire seat properly on the rim.