So the sun is out and the kids have asked their bikes to pulled out from the depths of the garage. Off they go down the street or sidewalk to call on their friends. The true moment of freedom, more for you as the parent but for them they are away from the nest again. Suddenly, the perfect day is interrupted by the front door flying open and your son/daughter yelling "my bike is broken". Luckily, it is just a flat tire but this may have been prevented.
All too often we see flats from what is referred to as a "pinch flat". Pinch flats happen when the inner tube is not inflated to the correct pressure. You should check tire pressure every ride...yes every ride. This applies to both adult and kids bikes. Proper tire pressure not only prevents pinch flats but it provides a better ride. Along the sidewall of the tire will be some numbers that look something like this.
This is the range of pressure you should run. Each type of tire and type of ride condition will dictate what pressure. A general rule of thumb is the more pressure the faster the tire but the more rigid it feels. A lower pressure provides more grip and a supple feel to the ride. For most rail trail community paths and road run as high a pressure as you can. For off road riding run a lower pressure for better grip (not too low though).
Feel free to come by with any questions for tires, pressures, etc. at The Hub Bicycle Shop or ride up and we can let you know if your pressure is at proper pressure.