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Jul 06

Posts: 343

CliveBroom says:


Here's a question.

My handbook says that tyres should be inflated when cold and before they have travelled a mile. The nearest garage to me that has an air pump that I can get onto my wheels is five miles away. I didn't really take any notice until this weekend I went to put air in my car tyres.

My car shows the tyre pressures for each wheel on the dash and I found that by the time I got to the garage the tyres pressures had gone up by two psi from 33 to 35.

How can I ensure that my bike tyres are at the correct pressure if they heat up the same degree as the car, or shouldn't I worry?

Thanks as ever.

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Aug 02

Posts: 87

sean says:


CliveBroom, it's simple really buy a good quality tyre gauge £15-20 (I would never trust a garage one) then nip down to Halford they have foot pumps for £10. I used to do what you are doing ride to garage etc... but it's far easier to wheel the bike out of the garage at home and check your tyres with no rush or cue.


PS If you don't want to buy the kit just ride to the garage and wait around for an hour or so when you could be out riding :-)

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Dec 05

Posts: 450

tonythomas says:


buy some party ice bags when you get there, hey presto...tyre coolers!!


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Apr 06

Posts: 2673

parapanfan says:

Pump it up

I'm in the same boat, I have a digital gauge but nearest airline is 5 miles away.

Hein Gericke have tiny little high pressure foot pumps for around £20 - small enough to take touring!

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Jun 04

Posts: 85

ouzo says:


I have a gauge at home which I use to check the pressure. If the tyre needs topping up I then go to the garage on the way out and just add the required difference in the amount of pressure, ignoring what the total pressure the gauge at the garage actually reads.

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May 04

Posts: 681

jbennison says:

I use

a motrax £9.99 digital guage. Same as a bigger one a mate uses on his track days so is accurate. As has been mentioned I would not trust any garage forecourt gauge as they get knocked about and generally abused. If mine need any air I just get the small bike pump I carry in my rucksack and adjust as needed. Pressures I use are 36f/41r with Dunlop D220st on my bandit.

Cheers, take care


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