How to inflate a bicycle tyre — everything you need to know about pumps, valves, pressure and more

How to inflate a bicycle tyre — everything you need to know about pumps, valves, pressure and more

It might be a basic thing, but being able to pump up your tyre is an essential skill as a cyclist. A lot of you will already know how to do this, but for those who don’t, the different valve types, pumps and more importantly what pressure to pump your tyre to can be a bit overwhelming. Let us guide you through the process. How to safety check your bike How to choose a bicycle pump Why should I care? Pneumatic tyres were invented to get over the bone-jarring 'ride-quality' of solid wheels. The air inside acts as a spring, providing suspension for you and allowing the tyre to conform to the terrain providing better traction and grip. Pumping up your tyres is a quick job that can easily improve your enjoyment whilst riding. Running the wrong tyre pressure will negatively affect the way that your bike rides and can ...

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