Inflate the tire: How much tire pressure should you run? A practical approach is to use the manufacturer's recommended pressure, which you'll find printed on the tire sidewall (it's often on a small label but it might be molded into the casing, too, so look closely). This suggested inflation range is a good starting point. If it's a wide range, for example 40 to 60 psi, experiment to find which pressure works and feels best.

How the tires feel depends on rider weight, too. Check our chart for recommended pressures.


  • Many cyclists put too little air in road tires, which makes it harder to pedal, wears the tires prematurely and causes more flats.
  • Likewise, many riders use too much air in off-road tires, which reduces traction and control, and creates a harsh ride.