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Tire Pressure is KILLING Your Electric Bike Range | E-Bike Tips

Hello everyone. Peter Kaltreider is here at Sixthreezero Bicycles. Today, we're going to answer a very commonly answered question, which is that your eBike tire pressure is killing your range. So I'll teach you about that and also how to find the correct tire pressure. Stay tuned.

Okay. So just a disclaimer here really quickly. This is for recreational bicycle riders. If you are more of a performance rider or you have an E-mountain bike that you're riding on a lot of difficult terrains, you may have a totally different requirement for tire pressure. For recreational cyclists, however, this is for them.

Tire pressure for your bike is easily found. It's right on the sidewall of the tire. We'll give you a close-up here in a moment. So if you ever have a question about what your e-bike tire pressure should be, it's right here on the sidewall.

Now, before we show you that, I want to let you know that in general, the higher the pressure, the more efficiency you're going to get on an e-bike. So if you're riding it on paved roads, and I would say almost under any condition, if you're a recreational bicycle rider, it should be a maximum pressure.

Now, unlike cars, bicycle tires, any bicycle, and any brand, they will lose pressure over time and they can lose it pretty quickly. In fact, usually, when I go out and ride, I pump up my tires every day that I go out because it will lose pressure.

So just make sure that every time you go out maximize that pressure. If you want to try a test, lower pressure to about half and try and ride your e-bike without the assist on, and then pump the tires all the way up, you'll see the difference instantly. So if you don't have that tire pressure up all the way, if it's even 25% lower, it can really kill your range. It will really suck the energy out of your bike. Now let's come on up Nate, and let's show them a little bit of close-up on how to find the correct tire pressure.

Now, I want to make a note. I brought my race wheel here. You can see it's very skinny. It's very efficient, and right here, it tells you, I don't know if you can catch it on camera, but it says 120 PSI. So what we're looking for is PSI. There are other metrics, other measurements, the bar for instance. We don't use that here in America. No one would really know what you're talking about. So we're looking for the PSI, which is pressure per square inch. Mine goes up to 120, which makes it rock hard and extremely efficient. If you're looking at a normal like beach cruiser-style e-bike, you're going to be looking right here. It's going to be usually about 40 PSI. It may go up to 60, 65 PSI. Occasionally, you'll see 80 or 85 on a hybrid e-bike. So it's right here. 

And my recommendation for any rider, unless you are in a more performance-oriented pursuit, we definitely just keep it right up there at max pressure. Keep it max pressure, every ride, pump it up every ride. All right. Thanks for watching. I really hope that was helpful. If you need any more help, please don't hesitate to contact us at 310-982-2877 or the team at Sixthreezero is spelled out, S-I-X-T-H-R-E-E-Z-E-R-O. Also, subscribe to our channel. And remember, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.


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