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Why are emergency inflation cartridges filled with CO2?

CO2 charger cartridges are used for bike tire inflation because they are a common, inexpensive product that has been around since the 1950s. Their other uses include powering air guns and inflating ...
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Why are bicycle tires incapable of maintaining pressure over time, while car tyres seem to have less of a problem?

A car tyre has much thicker rubber than a tubeless bike tyre, thicker still than a tube. The steel wires in the belts of a car tyre are impermeable to gas and occupy a significant fraction of the area ...
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Why are emergency inflation cartridges filled with CO2?

I believe you will find these articles informative: The hidden life of a CO2 cartridge [PDF] The CO2 Cartridge … an Under-Appreciated Marvel of Technology! — George Fox Lang [PDF] At room ...
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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?

16 km/h is so slow that even the worst tyres should keep you up, unless something like oil spills were involved. If something is so slippy that you fall without warning at such low speeds there is ...
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Why don't my studded tyres grip on ice?

Stud tyres are very much not a scam. Of course even they don't produce as much grip on ice as on tarmac, but very much more than non-studded tyres do. I agree with Ted Hohl that your mistake was ...
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How can I inflate a tire to the correct pressure?

One term: Mechanical advantage. You need a pump with the correct mechanical advantage. In the case of an air pump, the size of the piston defines how fast it does its job and how high a pressure you ...
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The tire of my bicycle flattens within a week

Not an uncommon kind of puncture. A very small hole in the tube can take weeks before the tire becomes flat. It can also be caused by a leaking valve. Use soapy water to wet the valve and look for a ...
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Can I pump my MTB tire to max (55 psi / 380 kPa) without the tube inside bursting?

It can't burst the tube, because the tube is completely surrounded by the tyre and rim. Bear in mind, though, that higher pressures don't automatically mean a faster ride. There are two competing ...
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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?

In places where it rains very little or hasn't rained in a while and then a light rain falls, the water is not enough to "wash" the road surface; instead it only wets fine dust and oils that are on ...
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Does tire pressure affect rolling resistance on pavement?

This study: William M. Bertucci, Simon Rogier & Raoul F. Reiser II (2013) Evaluation of aerodynamic and rolling resistances in mountain-bike field conditions, Journal of Sports Sciences, 31:14, ...
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Anything wrong with 100 PSI in 700x32 tires on a road bike?

The Trek Domane SL7 comes with wide, modern rims with 25mm internal width. Using 32mm wide tyres at 100 PSI (6.9 bar) should be perfectly safe with such rims. As you note, the tyres are also rated for ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

As a heavy rider personally, I don't have many issues with flats. A normal tire on the high/maximum pressure works fine to avoid pinch flats. The key is to check tire pressure every time you get ...
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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?

To fall to the inside of the turn means that the bottom of the wheel has slid to the outside. When that happens, it is really quick. I would look back at the corner and see if there's a metal plate ...
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Mountain bike tyres unreliably lose and keep pressure?

Sounds like the butyl rubber inner tubes have perished a little, and you have either a very slow leak, or a valve that lets the air out slowly. Just buy three new tubes from an online supplier - they'...
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Letting air out of tires in the rain: any chance of water getting in? (Presta valve, tubeless tires)

No risk. 70psi is about 5 times the atmospheric pressure. Most sealants are also using water as main fluid (or water/ammonia), unlikely that the small quantity that may get in will have a significant ...
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What pressure should a tire have?

Each type and size of tire has a different pressure range. The range is written or embossed right on the side of the tire. The actual pressure you choose is dependent on what you are using the bike ...
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Tyre Pressure for heavy rider - any concerns?

It’s totally fine to use the maximum tyre pressure. The only thing I’d worry about with high tyre pressures is if your rims are too narrow for the tyres you are using. Rim sidewalls can break when ...
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Why are mountain bike tires rated for so much lower pressure than road bikes?

There are three aspects to it: Rated max pressure doesn't necessarily have much to do with how much pressure the tyre can really withstand safely. All ratings on products are at least a bit below ...
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Low tire pressure causing fall in corner?

I presume you were riding in the direction you came across the bridge and down the ramp. I doubt tire pressure had anything to do with it. On a moutain bike sized tire, unless rolling tires of rims, ...
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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?

In addition to the previous answers, your tire pressure was likely too high for the conditions. If you know you're going to be riding in the rain, it's usually a good idea to lower your tire pressure ...
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Why are mountain bike tires rated for so much lower pressure than road bikes?

Of course it would be possible to build mountain bike tyres that could take the same sort of pressure as road bike tyres. But they'd be very heavy, expensive (with all the extra material in them) and ...
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Towing children and rear tire

The fact that you were towing a trailer should not have had any influence on your tire going flat. Quite surely it was either some sharp or pointy object that the tire picked up on the road or ...
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Can I estimate tyre pressures on a road bike?

No, not really. It is difficult to get an accurate idea of tyre pressure by pressing it. Especially for thin, high pressure road bike tyres - they should feel pretty hard. Even if they do feel hard, ...
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Can I avoid falling in the rain on a corner?

I'm surprised to see that no one else mentioned it, and this isn't a terribly detailed answer, but that road has what motorcyclists refer to as the dreaded "tar snakes". The tar they use to patch ...
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Low tire pressure causing fall in corner?

I would expect lower tire pressure to give larger contact patch also when cornering so should equate to more grip in corners (assuming the tire stays on the rim). As correctly pointed out in ...
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Why don't my studded tyres grip on ice?

I believe you may have answered your own question. But I noticed that the tyres (which had been professionally installed by a local bicycle place) had far less than 50 PSI of pressure, so I had to ...
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Why don't my studded tyres grip on ice?

When the studs on tires work correctly they actually bite into the ice. If the tire does not have the "right" pressure the tire surface will flex around the studs and defeat the ...
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Does a fat tire ride softer than a skinny one at the same pressure?

After reading the answers here and becoming more curious, I found this article, which agrees with @Daniel. to briefly summarize it, they found that at the same tire pressure the narrower tires ...
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Why do high pressure tires feel faster?

The important thing to realize is, that there is always an optimal tire pressure for each combination of tire, weight and road bumpiness. If the pressure is too low, you will loose too much energy ...
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What are the drawbacks of having wider tires on endurance road bikes, as they may offer the same rolling resistance with lower pressure/more comfort?

Short and simple it’s a combination of aerodynamics, weight and perception/history. The wider the tyre (and the frame which fits the tyre) the more aerodynamic drag you are going to have. Weight also ...
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