How long does the bike have to sit before the tires are…

How long does the bike have to sit before the tires are…

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discussion starter · #1 · aug 7, 2010

the thread title is pretty self explanatory.

how long does a bike have to sit before the tires are considered ‘cold’, as a rule of thumb for checking cold tire pressures.

i’m sure there are variables such as ambient temperature and direct sunlight etc… i’m just looking for a general rule of thumb.

i tried to search but i think the search query i entered was too long. i’ve been using 4 hours in the shade, based on absolutely zero evidence to hold this view. i just figured 4 hours is long enough. :dunno

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maybe 2 as 4 is the standard for car tires :dunno

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discussion starter · #3 · aug 7, 2010

maybe 2 as 4 is the standard for car tires :dunno

i take it you are waiting for a definitive answer too! :cheers

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i don’t think you will get a definitive answer as to what is considered cold. there are too many variables that come into play when considering what a “cold” tire is. if anything cold pressures should be set in the morning and then adjusted to recommend hot pressures right off the track and/or to suit your riding style based on feel. if your tire has sat for more than 45min-1hr w/out warmers consider it cold…..again though this is not set in stone as ambient temp, type of tire and other variables that come into play.

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i was measuring before and after a session, so 40-45 minutes. seemed to work out pretty well for dialing in the pressure.

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wouldn’t a completely cold tire be one that had the same temp as the ambient temp? if so then however long it takes for a hot tire to cool down to ambient temp. you could check how long that is with a infrared thermometer or something.

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easiest way to tell imo without a thermometer is when the rims feel cool. a properly warm tire, the rim will be warm as well

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wouldn’t a completely cold tire be one that had the same temp as the ambient temp? if so then however long it takes for a hot tire to cool down to ambient temp. you could check how long that is with a infrared thermometer or something.

if ambient temp is 90+ that method is null.

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