I continue to use tubes on all my bikes. I do not have trouble with flat tires. I can count my flats on two fingers.
If it is not broken don't fix it, the saying goes. My reading about tires has given me a better standing about air pressure and ride comfort. As I have gotten older, I realize the bumps more. A rough ride makes me tired. I remember a tour a couple of years ago that really taught me this lesson. The surface of the trail was bigger stones which was constantly jarring the handlebars and rattling me on the seat. I was tired much earlier in the day and multiple days had a compounding impact on several levels.
I now use a seat with springs. There is also a nice foam cushion. I tried it on my day rides and it made a big difference and I did not feel as beat up. The front shocks are also helpful because it softens the jarring handlebar.
This is the bike I now will use on tours. I used the Brooks Flyer seat for my day rides, but I find the other seat better for multi-day tours. Many love the Brooks saddles for tour comfort. Brooks has models that do not have springs.
My tires state the range of 30-70 pounds. In the US most people will prefer this value. Bike pumps will show you both values like your car speedometer will tell you MPH or km/hour.
I was advised to "top off "the tire pressure before each ride. I took this to mean fill this tire to 70 pounds. I think that is why I avoided many flats because I never got a pinch flat from hitting a hole when the pressure was too low. I found that the disadvantage of this practice is that the ride is rough or hard. I rattled at each bump and seam in the road.
Search for "bicycle tire pressure calculator." These guides, you have the choice of several, will work you through a series of questions (bike type, tube type or tubeless, total weight, tire size, tire width, road surface, etc.) Once you fill in the blanks you will get a value for the front tire and the rear tire. The guide will suggest a little more air in the rear tire. Instead of 70 pounds it calculated 31 pounds in the front tire and 33 pounds in the rear.
I have found this new tire pressure to be much more comfortable whether I am on cement, blacktop, chip seal, crushed limestone or dirt. I would put more pressure in when I would be hitting more potholes and larger rocker or roots.
I will continue to play with the air pressure and write down these values so I remember. What is your experience? What do you suggest?
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