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Imagine making that trek out to a popular biking path integrated with the hiking trail at your nearby mountains. Not only have you waited all winter for the weather to clear up, but you’ve prepared yourself in every aspect of safety for this seasonal opportunity. You’ve invested in a brand-new helmet, reflecting gear, ensured that the brakes work properly, and performed maintenance on your bicycle that would put classic car restoration hobbyists in awe. You know that you’ve prepared meticulously for your chance to ride, and that you’ve done everything in your power to make it smooth sailing. Or have you?

Nothing ruins an anticipated moment more than having to deal with the unfortunate event of a popped tire. And you don’t want to rely on the possibility of forgetting to bring the spare along during your adventures. In that case, it’s important to safeguard your bicycle by also going over your tires. An existing tire tread and pressure is not enough, but the more preventative option to keep your investment safe, is in inflating your tires with nitrogen.

Compressed air is problematic, and a high contributor to popped tires – even at the worst times. When your bicycle sits around for several months throughout the winter, compressed air sitting in your tires automatically reduce the pressure over time. Nitrogen is not affected at the same rate as water, leaving little change in pressure, even during the drop in temperature. While nitrogen molecules are larger than both oxygen and water, they percolate through tires in a much slower pace. This means several things… an extended tire life because the tires stay at a functional pressure much longer, reliability due to a consistent balance in temperature, and safety because you won’t have to worry about ruining your tires with compressed air.

Post Author: Chris Kado

M.S. in History from Harvard University. Chris teaches courses in business and history. Chris enjoys traveling, cooking and cycling.

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