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Let the air out???(8 posts)

Let the air out???chazman
Nov 6, 2002 8:40 PM
I am not going to be riding for a month due to other athletic committments. Should I let the air out of my tires? Does it matter?

I think it's a good idea.rwbadley
Nov 6, 2002 9:47 PM
On the high pressure tires (120psi) I will let the air down to 50 or 60 even for as short a downtime as one week. On the 60-80 psi tires I don't bother
re: Let the air out???upandcomer
Nov 6, 2002 9:53 PM
Don't bother. You'll experience air loss through the pores in the butyl itself. So it'll get down to a lower pressure on it's own. I don't think that lowering the pressure at all is necessary. The tires are fine supporting your weight and the regular air pressure right? The only thing I would recommend is that you don't let the tire get below say 30 psi (just to be safe), as it might start to deform over time if it's really flat
re: Let the air out???pmf1
Nov 7, 2002 4:51 AM
Why bother letting air out of your tires? I can see no reason to do this. I guess it can't do any harm.
What about hanging the bike?cory
Nov 7, 2002 10:16 AM
I don't imagine the stresses are high enough to make a difference (not like car tires, which can flatspot if you leave them parked for a long time). If I were storing a bike for an extended period, though, I'd probably hang it so the tires were off the ground, just because I can. I'd lube the chain heavily, too, and not wipe it off until I got back.
On the other hand, some of my bikes will sit for six months between rides, and I pretty much just pump up the tires and go.
re: Let the air out???Allez Rouge
Nov 7, 2002 10:29 AM
If you let the air out of your tires now, in a month you'll have to pump them up.

Or you can NOT let the air out of your tires now, and in a month you'll have to pump them up.

Like someone else wrote ... no reason to do this, but no harm if you do.
I'm not sure that I agree that there's no harm from letting thebill
Nov 7, 2002 10:45 AM
air out. If you don't hang up the bike, and there's no air in the tires, then your tire is going to crease, isn't it? Maybe not a big deal, but I would think that it would encourage cracking.
Not in as little as a monthAllez Rouge
Nov 7, 2002 11:02 AM
From the time they are manufactured until they get mounted up, how long does the average folding tire stay in its box? Granted there's no weight on it but even so ... being folded up like a pretzel doesn't seem to hurt it any.