How to Inflate a Road Bicycle Tire

How to Inflate a Road Bicycle Tire
Proper tire inflation is paramount to cycling performance and safety. A poorly inflated tire can cause sluggish bike handling, increased rolling resistance and even tire blowouts resulting in crashes. Check your tires often and take care to inflate them properly.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bike pump with Presta valve
  • Bike pump with Presta valve
Step 1
Choose the correct pump for your tires. Most road tubes use the Presta style of valve. These tall, thin valves are excellent for high-pressure inflation normally used by road tires. Select a pump with a Presta valve or adapter, accurate pressure gauge and a tall, thin body to handle high pressure inflation.
Step 2
Check your tires' recommended inflation pressure, normally located on the sidewall of each tire.
Step 3
Uncap the Presta valve and unscrew its locking nut. Press down on the valve stem once or twice to loosen it.
Step 4
Press the pump valve head onto the tire valve and secure its locking lever. Inflate the tire to its recommended pressure using the pump's pressure gauge as a guide.
Step 5
Unclamp the pump and remove it from the tire valve. Tighten the locking stem nut and recap the valve.

Article Written By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from The Ohio University. He has been a professional writer since 2008, specializing in outdoors content and instruction. Johnson's poetry has appeared in such publications as "Sphere" and "17 1/2 Magazine."

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