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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 tires 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 tire pressure indicated on the side of the tire may not be exceeded. Tires that are pumped up too much will tend to crack. Wide tires need less pressure than narrow tires. If the pressure is too low, there is a risk that the tire 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 tire systems are subject to continuous pressure loss. The volume of air in a tire is e.g. directly related to the air temperature around. Check the operating pressure and the condition of your tires at regular intervals. Check the tire pressure using a pump with a display (manometer) when the valve is at the 12 o'clock position. Also check the position of the tires on the wheel rims using the all-round tire line. Continental recommends checking tires every time before use, in particular if Light and Supersonic tubes are used.

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