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Somebody told me that they need to be checked a lot, what does a lot mean?
how often and how do you do it anyway?
srry, have a bike but a newish rider.

thanks in advance.
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    Tuesday, February 17 2015, 04:14 PM - #Permalink
    The obvious answer is 'every time that you realistically can' - like every time you go out.
    Its not as important as a cycle tyre pressure as that goes down a lot in percentage terms between rides.

    Persoinally, i woulod suggest never leaving it more than a month but once a week might be enough.
    It will need a special check if you carry a heavy load or a pillion, or have undertaken a particluarly long distance ride.

    I use a quick tyre check tool which you can get anywhere, similar to this:
    Pressure guage
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    Thursday, February 26 2015, 12:02 AM - #Permalink
    I have never know this either!
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 02:36 PM - #Permalink
    For general commuting I don't think its very critical. You can usually tell if your tyre looks lower than usual or if the bike feels wobbly at the back when riding. (if you have a slow puncture)

    If you're riding hard then its more critical and should be checked each week or even each ride.
    I have to say I haven't checked mine that often but I will do it more regularly from now on.
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 06:08 PM - #Permalink
    Yeah, me too. Only checked mine twice in 6 months. They dont seem to go down like car tyres do. Dunno.
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 07:12 PM - #Permalink
    Check it every time that you remember to do so! :)

    Get one of those gauges as fullrevs said. Checking is easy, you wont have to actually do much about it in most cases.
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    Wednesday, March 18 2015, 06:27 PM - #Permalink
    Remember to check the oil as well at the same time.. good to get in the habit.
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    Sunday, March 29 2015, 12:55 PM - #Permalink
    fookin ell, what tyre pressure> ha.
    Oh dear, bad at that but i havent notcied any handling changes.
    I do check the oil a lot but my bikes a bit old.
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    Thursday, April 02 2015, 01:43 PM - #Permalink
    I do it occasionally when i get petrol.You can get the recommened tyre pressure for your bike from the handbook or just ring the dealer up.
    They tend to be higher pressure than car tyres.

    You should also always check for objects, cuts, etc,,. before each ride.
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    Thursday, April 23 2015, 09:55 PM - #Permalink
    Was ina dealer tody and this cam e up.
    He reckoned check it every two weeks routinely and also if you are about to take a pillion no a long ride.
    he said you will notice the handling differences when the tyres are low and to always refer to the handbook for pressures.
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    Saturday, April 25 2015, 10:52 AM - #Permalink
    I was going to ask about pressures. Once you change your tyres to another type do you go by the bike manual or the tyre manufacturer? Another question, my bike is 4 years old with 6,000 miles on the clock and Bridgestone Battleax 021s. There's loads of tread on them but I'm assuming they are the original tyres. Should I be thinking of changing them regardless of the tread left? 4 years maybe is a bit old for a set of bike tyres??
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    Saturday, April 25 2015, 04:01 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    I was going to ask about pressures. Once you change your tyres to another type do you go by the bike manual or the tyre manufacturer? Another question, my bike is 4 years old with 6,000 miles on the clock and Bridgestone Battleax 021s. There's loads of tread on them but I'm assuming they are the original tyres. Should I be thinking of changing them regardless of the tread left? 4 years maybe is a bit old for a set of bike tyres??


    thats a good question. I was last told to do it by the manual but what I have always does is ask the person/dealer what is the best pressure for my bike.
    My current bike is 33/36 front/rear and he reckoned that I should check it every two weeks of if it gets a bit wobbly !! :o
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