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PUMPING YOUR TIRES


Check your tire pressure before every ride

The easiest way to keep your bicycle running well is by checking tire pressure before every ride. Properly inflated tires ride great, last longer and resist flats. Plus, keeping the tires pumped prevents wheel damage should you hit a rock or pothole while riding. Bent wheels hinder braking and can be expensive to repair or replace.


Learn to properly inflate your tires

Landry's operations director, Ken McLean, demonstrates how to inflate your tires.

If you have any trouble finding the right pump for your valves or getting your tires inflated, please contact us. For assistance, you can bring your bike into Landry's Service Department.


Bicycle pump

Get a bicycle pump

Fortunately, checking tire inflation is simple once you have the only tool required: a bicycle tire pump. (We recommend against using your local gas station pressure hose because it can over-inflate and damage tires.) Bike shops sell quality pumps (about $30 to $60) that are safe and easy to use. You may have a battery-powered inflator for your car that will work if it reaches sufficient pressures.
 
It's best if your pump fits both bicycle valves (Schrader and Presta; the shop will understand) and sports a built-in gauge, which makes it easy to get the pressure right. Check out Landry's selection of floor pumps.


Check the pressure

How do you know how much air to put in your tires? On most tires, the recommended pressure is printed on the sidewall. It's often written as a range, such as "90 to 115 psi (pounds per square inch)," which appears on some high-pressure road tires. You can experiment within this range to find what feels best for you. Less pressure offers a more comfortable ride and more air means less rolling resistance.

If you're inflating 26, 27.5 or 29 inch tires (common on comfort and off-road bikes), you may find that the pressure range is wider, say "35 to 60 psi." This is because these tires can be used on and off road. For the former, 60 psi is about right because it rolls optimally on pavement. Off road, however, 35 to 40 psi is much more appropriate because it absorbs the bumps, rocks and roots better and offers greater traction for control and handling.

Air time

Inflating a tire is as simple as attaching the pump head to the valve and pumping. You'll need to unscrew and remove the valve caps first if your tubes have them. And, if you have Presta valves (they have a knurled tip and are also called "French" valves), you'll need to open the valve by unscrewing. Remember to close your Presta valves after pumping.
 
Then attach the pump and start stroking, stopping when the gauge shows that you've reached the recommended pressure. Repeat with the other tire. And you thought bicycling only exercised your legs!


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Bicycle Pumps at Landry's

Planet Bike Versair Mini Bike Pump
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Topeak Mountain Morph
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Park Tool Mini Pump
$18.95
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Topeak Pocket Rocket
$24.95
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Lezyne Macro Floor Drive Pump
$39.99
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SKS Airbuster CO2 Inflator
$19.99
• Aluminum housing • Integrated pressure control regulator • Dust protect...