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Tire pressures during winter months?

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    Tire pressures during winter months?

    I was wondering if anyone has tried running lower tire pressures during the winter months to get their tires up to operating temp quicker? If so how much lower did you drop the PSI?

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    Re: Tire pressures during winter months?

    About 10‰ under manufacturer recommend pressure for me, but I'm on a pretty non-traditional bike.

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    Re: Tire pressures during winter months?

    In spring/fall I typically set my pressures "cold" around 2-3pm, or the warmest part of the day. In summer, I set them "cold" in the morning. I use the same pressures all year.

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    Re: Tire pressures during winter months?

    Quote Originally Posted by duganc1717 View Post
    I was wondering if anyone has tried running lower tire pressures during the winter months to get their tires up to operating temp quicker? If so how much lower did you drop the PSI?
    I drop 2 psi when ground is cold enuf snow sticks instead of melts, if I happen to go on a ride on an exceptionally cold day, I may drop the pressure more, just for the day, for instance on a -12f ride, I would drop the pressure another 5 psi

    more for the ride rather than the illusion of improved traction, cold motorcycle tires have the resilience of a hockey puck

    remember tires only provide half the surface friction, the road surface provides the other half, cold pavement is no stickier than cold rubber and they don't put heaters in many roads around here (I understand they do in Iceland)

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    Re: Tire pressures during winter months?

    I use more or less the same pressure in the winter, but my "cold" tire temperature is a 45-50F garage.
    Once you get outside and it's 20F-30F, I suppose that's a couple of pounds less.
    Through laziness, I've ridden a couple pounds less than that and I didn't notice any difference.
    Then again, my winter riding style usually means staying away from situations where you would notice a difference .

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