In the world of competitive cycling where every second counts, every detail of the bike must be perfect. Improper bike setup can cost several seconds on the track which can be the difference between 1st and 5th place. One aspect of the bike that every elite level racer has a personal preference for is tire pressure. Some riders change the psi of their tires every race depending on the track. Sometimes within half of a PSI. Tire pressure is a balance between rolling speed, traction, and rim protection. Low PSI provides amazing traction while high PSI provides high rolling speed and increased rim protection. Finding the happy medium is the challenge, and that happy medium can change track to track. At JensonUSA, we have a wide selection of bike tire pressure gauges to help you dial in that ideal tire feel and performance.

Tire Pressure is typically measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) or bar. PSI is the more common standard to measure air pressure in the bike industry, but bar is also sometimes used, especially in Europe. 1 PSI is approximately 0.068 bar. So, 60 PSI is approximately 4.13 bar. Most digital pressure gauges can be switched between PSI and bar depending on how you want to measure your air pressure. A standard analog gauge typically also has measurement marks for both PSI and bar.

The reason many riders bring a pressure gauge with them is because many floor pump gauges are not extremely accurate. When you are looking for precision within half a PSI, you need an accurate measuring tool. If you have any questions about bike tire pressure gauges or standard PSI levels for certain styles of riding, hop on a call or a chat with one of our expert Gear Advisors today at 888-880-3811. They are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.