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Tire Pressure
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Having previously operated a solo practice, Andrew Barovick is now a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP. A fitness enthusiast, Andrew Barovick can often be found cycling in his spare time.

A bike’s tire pressure needs to be maintained at the right levels, both to reduce handling and braking issues and to ensure the tires last as long as possible.

The ideal pressure for your tires is determined by a number of factors, including the type of bike you ride and your weight. For road bike tires, a pressure falling between 80 and 130 pounds per square inch (psi) is recommended. Hybrid bike tires tend to be between 50 and 70 psi, while mountain bike tires require the lowest pressure at 30 to 50 psi.

A good tip is to sit on your bike after pumping its tires to the midpoint of the relevant range for your bike. Without exceeding the psi recommended in your manufacturer’s manual, make adjustments as needed. Also, bear in mind that the heavier you are, the likelier it will be that the ideal tire pressure lies at the higher end of the scale.