Adding air to tires is a tedious little task that most of us save for once a week. You know how it works. Before a ride, you press your thumb on each tire. If it doesn’t sink to the rim, it’s “mañana” for the pump and off you go.
But there’s at least one very good reason for topping off your tires before each ride (besides avoiding pinch flats and possible rim damage).
Consistently full inflation makes you a better rider. This is because your bike will handle the same way on every ride.
There can be significant differences in steering, cornering and traction between, say, inflation of 85 psi (which feels firm to your thumb) and the 100-110 max psi that a tire can accept.
So, let’s say you do lots of your riding on relatively soft tires. Then what’s the first thing you do when getting your bike ready for a club ride, event or race? Right — you pump up to your full, normal pressure.
The result: Your bike no longer behaves quite the same as you’ve grown accustomed to.
Racers know this tip. They accept the hassle of topping off their tires before every ride. They want their bikes to act the same in training and racing. It’s a valuable benefit from spending one minute with a pump each day.