Downhilling on a Bike? 10 Tips

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    Aug 31, 2016 2:10 AM GMT
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    NYT: What follows are his top 10 tips on going downhill fast.

    ■ Have your brakes checked, Mr. Johnson says. “It’s surprising how few people take their bikes in” to a shop for a general checkup each year, he says.

    ■ Tires matter, too. “Don’t overinflate them,” he says. For road tires, a pressure of 110 pounds per square inch is the maximum he recommends, since it leaves them very slightly squishy, so that they make better contact with the road, providing more stability. Mountain bike tires and hybrid tires, which are wider, require less pressure.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/health/how-to-ride-downhill-on-a-bicycle.html?
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    Sep 01, 2016 4:20 AM GMT
    How to ride downhill like a champ:
    -Brakes are for pussies
    -Tire pressure is up to the rider's discretion (I like 50-60 psi, but that's higher than most people use)
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    Sep 01, 2016 2:19 PM GMT
    Tire pressure is largely a function of your kind of bike and the road surface. I like higher because I ride a road bike on pavement. It reduces rolling resistance and pedaling effort. Although the ride becomes harsher.

    I can tell when the tires are low (although I do a "squeeze check" with every ride, pretty good at knowing when I need air) just by the way the bike handles. With a rigid road frame the bike begins to feel a little squirrelly as I ride it with low tires, less precise. And of course looking at the tires from the saddle is another indication.

    On my bike, with an upper limit of about 115 pounds pressure, anything below about 80 pounds will make the tires start to visibly bulge out. I compromise by aiming for 100, to give some comfort for around-town use. On longer rides I pump them to the max to save myself energy.
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    Sep 01, 2016 2:26 PM GMT
    Regarding brakes, since mine are rim, I change the pads periodically, even if not worn out. The rubber hardens with age and loses braking power.