Tyre pressure explained: rethinking the standards for road and gravel

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Cycling science contains strange ironies. One of the most significant influences on your riding performance is also the easiest to change: tyre pressure. Yet this is a subject that is often ignored when riders imagine their bicycle as a total performance system.

You can toil about meticulously at cleaning and lubricating your cogs, cassette and chain, but there are huge efficiency gains to be had, or lost, on the tyre pressure spectrum. Best of all: the benefits of ideal tyre pressure come at no cost.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.