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Tips on How to Prevent a Flat Tire

Don’t let a flat tire take the air out of your ride. 

Follow these simple steps to prevent punctures:

  1. Check the pressureLow tire pressure is one of the most common causes of flats. As a general rule, you need enough pressure to prevent pinch flats AND remain comfortable on your ride. Road tires around 100 to 105 psi Mountain bike tires around 30 to 50 psi
  2. All-Weather tires and/or regular tires with tire liners: Continental Gatorskins, Specialized Roubaix and similar tires are a little heavier but essential for off-season and touring rides to prevent flats caused by road debris. Alternatively, a tire liner (a thin strip of extruded-plastic that fits between the tire and the tube) can also prevent flats from road debris.
  3. If you are constantly getting flats but cannot find the cause then your tires most likely need replacing. Check the tread wear and clean off-road debris when washing your bike.