How to Pump Up the Tires on an Electric Bike

And how to choose the right pressure 

How to Find the Recommended Tire Pressure

You can find the recommended range of any standard tire on the tire itself. 

In the photo, you can see the recommended tire pressure easily, as it's circled in red. But it's a confusing string of numbers! However, these numbers are easy to interpret, once you know how. 

The first numbers here are the recommended pressures in kiloPascals, the second set is in Pounds per square inch (PSI), and the final string is in bars. KiloPascals, PSI and bars are all measures of pressure, and we could use any of them to pump up the tire.

However, this also depends on what units our pump uses! 

Our pump here at Powerbikes.com uses PSI, which is common in the United States. As you can see on the example tire, the minimum tire pressure is 50 PSI, and the maximum is 75 PSI. 

Why are the minimum and maximum tire pressure important?

The pressure in your tire is important--it's one of the primary determinants of your ride quality. 

If your pressure is too low, you're at increased risk for flats. 

And if it's too high, you'll be putting unnecessary strain on the tire and tube. 

Therefore it's important to remain within the recommended range of pressures on the tire. 

Choosing the right tire pressure for YOU

Why you might choose LOW pressure

There are many benefits to running your tires with a lower pressure. 

In poor conditions, a lower pressure helps the tire maintain maximum traction, which is important, especially in winter or icy conditions. 

Additionally, the lower pressure means a more comfortable ride. With lower pressure in the tire, small bumps in the road are absorbed by the tire, and this effect increases the wider the tire, and the lower the pressure in the tire. 

Why you might choose HIGH pressure

There are benefits to running tires at a higher pressure. 

One major benefit is a sportier and more responsive ride. Higher pressures make it easier to turn quickly and easily, and make the ride more efficient. This is because there is less "rolling resistance" and less friction with the ground. If you are looking to maximize the range of your battery and are looking for a sporty ride, try pumping your tires up to the higher side of the recommended pressure range. 

Additionally, at higher pressure there is a reduced chance of certain types of flat tire. 

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Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump
Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump

Planet Bike Micro Mite II Dual Stage Mini Frame Pump

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The Micro Mite is a Dual Stage Micro Pump that features an ultra compact design to fit into seat packs or jersey pockets.

  • Telescoping dual stage barrel with lock-out for high-pressure mode
  • Autohead fits Presta or Schrader valves without converting
  • Locking T-handle for maximum pumping efficiency
  • Ultra compact design
  • Includes mounting bracket
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SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite
SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite

SKS Airworx 10.0 Floor Pump - 144 psi, Anthracite

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With a comfortable feel, a firm foothold and a large volume of air per stroke, this Airworkx 10.0 floor pump from SKS makes it easy to get your bike tires ready to get out and explore.

  • Features
    •  Inflates to 144 psi (10 bar) and provides 413 cc of air per stroke
    •  In addition to the long hose, this pump is fitted with a SKS Multivalve head for use with all valve types, including Presta, Schrader and Dunlop
    •  Precision gauge at the top is easy to see
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    •  Solid metal base offers a firm foothold
    •  Replacement and rebuild parts available from the manufacturer
    •  Manufacturer offers a 5-year warranty on this product
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Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump
Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump

Fumpa Pumps Battery Powered Pump

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The Fumpa is a Li-ion powered, portable electric pump that can inflate a 700x23 tire to 100psi in 40-50 seconds, and can pump up to 6 tires on a single charge. Lightweight at 380g and small enough to fit into a jersey pocket, it is a great tool for your group rides.

  • Can inflate a 700x23 tire to 100psi in 20-25 seconds
  • Recharges in 2-3 hours via micro USB
  • Presta and Shrader valves
  • Built-on digital pressure gauge
  • Size: 1.7 x 2.9 x 3.5in. (42 x 73 x 87mm)
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