DIY or Professional - Inflating Your Tyres

Ensuring optimal tyre inflation is crucial for a smooth ride. Learn how to inflate your tyres easily and efficiently with this step-by-step guide.
  • Ryan Elson
    Published by Ryan Elson
    on 11 May 2021

Bike servicing might seem simple, and while some tasks can be managed by amateur riders, it's essential to know when to seek a professional bike mechanic. Here, we provide easy-to-follow guides for inflating tyres, suitable for all cyclists:

Inflating Tyres: DIY Bike Service 

Follow these steps to pump your tyres to the appropriate pressure:

  1. Choose the right pump for the valve type: 

• Schrader valves are wider and flat on the end. 

• Presta valves are narrower, featuring a twisting locking nut at the top that needs loosening to add or release air.

  1. Determine the required pressure. Before inflating, check the recommended tyre pressure (usually located on the tyre sidewall). Road tyres typically range from 80 to 130 psi, mountain tyres from 25 to 50 psi, and hybrid tyres from 40 to 70 psi.
  2. Attach the pump. Pumps can have a flip-down or flip-up switch or an internally threaded screw top. The flip-down style creates a seal around the valve, while the screw top simply screws on. Both systems keep the head in place during pumping and ensure air enters the valve without leaking.
  3. Inflate to the correct pressure. Use the pump's gauge to guide you in inflating the tubes to the proper pressure. Rely on your upper body and core for efficient pumping, rather than squatting and using your whole body.
  4. Take a test ride. Before setting off on your next adventure, take a quick test ride to ensure your bike feels comfortable.

If you encounter any difficulties during the process, consider searching for a "bike mechanic near me" on bikebook's homepage. A friendly, local bike mechanic will be happy to help!

For more complex maintenance and bike services, such as replacing bearings, gears, brakes, and cables, it's best to consult a professional bike mechanic. They possess the necessary knowledge, tools, and parts for the job. Find a suitable professional at