One of the most important things you should do before going out on a ride is checking your tire pressure. Not having the proper amount of air in your tires results in poor handling, uneven tread wear, or tire damage. Furthermore, any of these items leads to an accident or unnecessary wear and tear on other components of your machine.
tire-gauge.jpgSo, the first thing you want to do is make sure you have a quality air pressure gauge. We like the gauges similar to the one pictured on the right from Motion Pro. It has a longer hose extension so you can reach almost anywhere with it.
Next, is to make sure you know what the manufacturer recommends for air pressure. All manufacturers list this in the owner’s manual. However, if you don’t have one, then you can typically look at a digital version on the manufacturer’s website. Below is a list with links for the brands we carry:
Lastly, once you verify the proper air pressure for your tires, you want to do the following:
- Remove the valve stem cap.
- Press the gauge firmly on the valve stem.
- Read the tire pressure and adjust it accordingly.
- Reinstall the valve stem cap.
- Repeat for all tires.
**Make sure you check the tire pressure before you go out on a ride. This is important since tire pressure increases as the tires warm up. **