Do you know what the best hybrid bike tire pressure is? You probably don’t as it’s something even experienced cyclists struggle with.
You may love your hybrid bike. However, you may have been inflating it wrong all this time. This seriously affects its performance. As a result, rides are uncomfortable and you’ll find your bike hard to maneuver.
Below, we’ll be running through everything you need to do and know to achieve the perfect tire pressure.
Why Is The Perfect Tire Pressure Important?
Before we dive in, you deserve to know the science behind achieving the perfect pressure. A warning, things are about to get pretty detailed.
When you’re riding a hybrid bike, two things influence it. These are rolling resistance and grip. Rolling resistance is how much friction a tire experiences when riding on a surface. The more rugged it is, the more friction it’ll face, thus more rolling resistance for the tires to experience.
If you were paying attention in Physics class, you’d know that friction is a force that limits how fast you can go. When it comes to hybrid bikes, you probably want to glide, which is why the amount of friction you experience is important.
The second reason tire pressure is so important is because of grip. It isn’t as sciencey as the point above, which is a relief. The grip is the cling the tire has to the surface it’s being ridden on. With just the right pressure, the bike ride would feel stable and not like it’s on ice.
Speaking of the right tire pressure, it takes a lot of things to figure it out. Whether you own a hybrid bike or not, it’s influenced by your weight, the tire’s PSI range, the weight distribution and the road you’re riding on.
Let’s take a jab at everything you should do to get the best psi for hybrid bike tires.
What Should You Do?
LOOK AT YOUR TIRES
The first thing you should do is look to the corners of your tires. You’ll see the tire’s PSI range plastered across. You can’t miss it even if you try. It’s in large, white letters and is marked ‘X PSI’.
The first step to achieving the perfect tire pressure is to not go above or below this range. If you do, things could get bad.
If you go over the range, the tires would explode in your face, or on the road. If you go under, you’ll feel like you’re riding on eggshells.
START IN THE MIDDLE
When it comes to hybrid bikes, you’ll see that its tires read 40-70 PSI. You should inflate it to around 50. Your weight heavily influences how much you should inflate it. So, if you weigh over 70 kg, for every extra 5 kg, add 1 PSI.
This seems pretty easy. Well, it isn’t the end of the road as it’s one of the many things that influence the perfect tire pressure. Things are about to get more complicated, so buckle up.
WHAT’S YOUR BIKE’S WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION?
Your weight isn’t equally distributed to your bike’s front and back. The thing is, the distribution depends entirely on the bike you own. You’ll probably agree with this as you know hybrid bikes come in a range of designs and styles.
For hybrid bikes, your best bet is to add 50 PSI to the back, and 55 PSI to the front. Don’t forget to factor your weight in, so if you’re over 75 kg, for each 5 kg, add an extra PSI.
WHAT KIND OF ROADS ARE YOU RIDING ON?
Hybrid bikes are used on some pretty bumpy roads. However, they can be used in a range of settings as they’re chameleons.
The type of road you’re riding on influences the bike’s ideal tire pressure. If you’re riding on bumpy roads, being on a bike with firm tires isn’t the best. They would absorb a multitude of shocks. Where do you think they’ll go? To you obviously, which would make the ride very uncomfortable.
And if the road is smooth, riding with less air pressure would give you more traction. This will help prevent you from crashing into a wall.
As you can see, pumping tires is a guessing game, so you need to perfect it.
WHAT ARE YOU PUMPING WITH?
Hopefully, you’re not planning on pumping your tires with a floor pump. This is the worst thing you could do as its gauge isn’t the most accurate. If you’re not a bike enthusiast, you probably don’t know this. However, they can be off by 10-15 PSI.
When it comes to hybrid bikes, this isn’t good as firm tires and bumpy roads don’t go together. You might have to do yourself a favour and get a separate gauge.
There are devices for bikes that require lower air pressure, but they’re more expensive.
CHECK YOUR PRESSURE
Now that your hybrid bike is full of air, you’re about to hit the road. Before you get too excited, know that you should regularly check its tires. We know how durable hybrid bikes are, so you’re probably riding all day. Many people don’t realize this, but you can lose quite a bit of air with just one ride.
What’s more, the lower the temperature gets, the more air you’re going to lose.
A smart cyclist checks their tires every day. We understand that this can be a hassle, so checking it once a week is fine.
Whether you’re experienced or not, you’ve probably had to decide between latex and butyl tubes. Latex tubes are expensive and aren’t the easiest to take care of. That’s why you probably have butyl ones on your hybrid bike. This is great as they leak much less.
There are many things that influence how well you can inflate your bike’s tires. These affect all bike types, not just hybrid ones. So, keep your weight, the bike’s weight distribution, the ruggedness of the road, and the type of bike you’re riding in mind.