Over the past two weeks I have been pumping my tyres up to 120 front an back.. Two Gawler Wheelers rides I have noticed with cross winds I seem to be getting knocked around a bit more than previous rides when I use to have 110 pressure in my tyres. Would the extra pressure be making me lighter on the road causing me to be effected by cross winds more than what I was use to ?
Terry, what make / model tyres you running on ?
Youre meant to put air in your tyres??????
Terry 110psi is adequate for you. 120psi will give a harsher ride
Thanks to all of you Biker Guru's helping me out with my problem...110 will be used from now on.. Just another point with tyre pressures considering wet weather is on it's way soon. Is it best for safety to reduce the pressure in tyres to reduce fish tailing ???? lmao
As you reduce pressure tyre foot print of the tire will get bigger so more grip and harder to push.
A better alternative may be to get a slightly wider tyre with some tread on it for riding in the wet.
if you intend to ride in the wet a lot would a different bike be worth a thought?
One with wider treaded tires, mudguards and lights
120 psi doesn't make you lighter, but it does reduce your tyre's rolling resistance due to smaller contact area with the road (there's a reason we racers pump our tyres up to 140 psi...). Makes perfect sense that you'd therefore be blown sideways a little more than 110 psi.
I know with my tires I can pump them up to 120psi if I want to for less rolling resistance, but I choose to pump them to 110 for better comfort. In a race, higher tire pressure is better, but for sportive riding, slightly less is better for comfort. That's what I have noticed anyway.
No not at all, wind hits the rims. 120 is good, very good, make sure you have good quality tires through. Always pump up your tires before a ride or check they are 120 psi. Even if you have ridden the day before, checking your tires is like putting on your shoes, you do it always before you ride.
A firm pressured tire will save the odd punture too, it's harder for those three corner jacks to get through and a hell of a lot safer.