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post #1 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Gravel road tire pressure

What pressure are you guys riding with for gravel?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 02:01 PM
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 02:33 PM
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Dumb question... let's say you ride out an hour or two on the slab to go explore some dirt. You get to the dirt, air down to 20 psi, and run around. You're ready to go back home... so do you carry a pump to get your tires back up to pressure so you don't run the heck out of them on the way back?
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 02:44 PM
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Depending on how rough the road is. I run about 15/18 if it's sandy/gravel/ dirt.

Slime makes a great little set up for roadside repair. It has slime, compressor/ all the wiring to wire it into your bike. I wired mine in so I don't have to remove the seat. Plug it in, reset your preloads and by the time your done, pressures are back up. It took me 3 minutes to be road ready last time.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 02:50 PM
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I have a small Airman compressor. It stores behind the tool kit like it was made to go there. I also put in a 12v outlet under the seat.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 02:52 PM
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I use a 12V compressor from my tire repair kit. It hooks to the Battery Tender lead I have ziptied to a frame rail (easy access).
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 04:21 PM
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I ride pavement to gravel to pavement all the time without skipping a beat or changing pace

36f/41r pressure all the time

with soft tires you are likely to ding your rims on rough stuff

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-05-2007, 05:24 PM
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RandyO is primarily right

I went on a day of some rough stuff, gravel 140 miles and 60 miles of pavement on Sunday May 27. I reduced the pressure in the front down to about 26 and the rear down to 30.

Worked great on the rougher stuff and less squirmy on the gravel. I did bend my rim on a cattle grate. Front tire compressed down enough to hit both sides.

I think I would still reduce the pressure some for a day like that, but I would not go much below what I did.
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