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Air Pressure

What is the right air pressure?

The air pressure level should be selected depending on the weight of the rider and the way the tyres are used. Generally speaking, lighter riders require less pressure, heavier riders more. We usually recommend choosing a pressure level somewhere between the recommended and the maximum pressure. The maximum tyre pressure indicated on the side of the tyre may not be exceeded. Tyres that are pumped up too much will tend to crack. Wide tyres need less pressure than narrow tyres. If the pressure is too low, there is a risk that the tyre will be crushed if driven over a sharp edge, e.g. a hole in the road or a lowered pavement. Therefore, check and set the pressure correctly on a regular basis.

How often do I have to check the air pressure?

All bicycle tyre systems are subject to continuous pressure loss. The volume of air in a tyre is e.g. directly related to the air temperature around. Check the operating pressure and the condition of your tyres at regular intervals. Check the tyre pressure using a pump with a display (manometer) when the valve is at the 12 o'clock position. Also check the position of the tyres on the wheel rims using the all-round tyre line. Continental recommends checking tyres every time before use, in particular if Light and Supersonic tubes are used.

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