How to Inflate the Tires on a Road Bike

How to Inflate the Tires on a Road Bike
Proper inflation of your bike's tires can have a positive effect on your bike's performance, giving you a more enjoyable, faster, and safer ride. In addition, your tires will wear more evenly and last longer when they are inflated properly. Pump your tires to the proper inflation level before each ride -- it's a great habit and it only takes a few moments.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tire pump with attached pressure gauge
  • Tire pump with attached pressure gauge
Step 1
Check the specs for your tires' recommended inflation. This is printed on the sidewall of the tire, and usually lists a range of pressure in PSI (Pounds per Square Inch).
Step 2
Take the cap off of the valve (if equipped). Then loosen the knob on the valve by turning counterclockwise until it stops.
Step 3
Place the nozzle of the pump on to the valve. Pump designs vary, but in most cases, this is a two-step process. Push the nozzle firmly onto the valve, and then engage a lever on the nozzle that locks it onto the valve. Use a pump that has a built-in pressure gauge.
Step 4
Pump the tire until the gauge reads the specified pressure.
Step 5
Disengage the pump's locking lever and pull the nozzle straight off of the valve. Tighten the knob on the valve and replace the cap.

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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