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  1. I want to try these monitors for a few reasons. The act of using a pressure gauge on a properly inflated tire oftentimes deflates it enough to require pumping. I want to be able to check my pressure "at a glance". If I'm heading out to run errands or just to grab a bite I have two choices; a commuter and a day tripper. If the monitor on my commuter shows that it's low I'll just use my much larger wheel and wait to inflate my commuter when I have more time. These monitors have three indicators. Green means that the tire is between 80.1% and 100%. Yellow is between 75.1 and 80%. Red is 75.0% of lower. The problem is that an indicator rated at 34 PSI wouldn't trigger the yellow indicator until it's at 27.2 PSI or lower. This is WAY lower than an EUC rider would want to go before inflating. These are meant for cars that have a much larger margin of error. But, it's my belief that Excel spreadsheets can solve the world's problems and it was in that spirit that I fired it up and got to work. Here's what I did. I charted the PSI levels of the indicators of every monitor. And what I discovered is that I could get a very useful range by choosing a monitor with a much higher rating. GREEN still means "safe" (though it will only ever use the lower end of its range). YELLOW is the new RED. I will inflate at YELLOW. Red is only useful to show when it's ridiculously low. For example; a rider that likes 35 PSI can choose a 40 or a 42. A 40 will pop YELLOW at 32 PSI or lower. A 42 will pop yellow at 33.6 PSI or lower (a very tight tolerance). So, if you're okay riding down to 32 then go with a 40. If you want to know when you dropped 1.4 PSI then go with a 42. The column that has target PSI is only my estimation; it is not my recommendation for you. Verify your choice by looking at the YELLOW column and determining the trigger that is acceptable for you. Keep in mind that these work by depressing the valve stem and that removing or installing them can deflate the tire somewhat. So, this will explain why the pressure might be even lower than you expected when you go to inflate it. It will also explain why a monitor popped YELLOW just after you inflated your tire. For instance, if you ride at 35 and have a monitor that pops YELLOW at 33.6 then just putting these on can deflate them enough to pop it. Frustrating, but manageable. I just inflate to 36, knowing it will settle at 35 or so. With a little trial and error in the beginning you can lock in a process that works for you every time. Also, temperature affects PSI. In general, tires lose or gain 1 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10℉ increase in temperature. Theoretically, your tires could gain 2 PSI over the course of the day if the temperature rises 20℉ - a real possibility in many parts of the country. The reverse is also true (a temp drop can decrease PSI). Check your pressure before riding and in the same environment you'll be riding. Hope this helps.
  2. Just started getting to know my little mten3. So far so good . But wondering what tire pressure people are running? It feels a bit squirrelly at 35psi but maybe it’s just me not being used to it ...
  3. I tried 3.3 bar, which is supposed to be close to the max for the tire. The idea was to give more control and better efficiency, but that experience wasn't good for me at all. The feeling I got was: The wheel became too squirrely, and I don't mean in a wobbling or turning kind of way, but a feeling it wanted to follow cracks in the road, lines between cobble-stones and so on. Turning the wheel, it took more force to lean in, and then more force to lean out of the turn. I wonder if there is something about the geometry in my tire that causes this? Bumps and curbs did become quite a lot more uncomfortable, even though I just about never ride with straight legs. So today I took it down again to 3.0 bar, where I was before, and that made all the difference. Once again I fell that it swallows bumps and cracks without noticing them. The tire is still pretty hard, but there is some give in it. For reference, this is what my tire looks like, I understand they ship with a different one lately. Mine has a pretty well defined totally flat center ridge, an slightly curved outer ridge, and a more heavily patterned middle ridge.
  4. hi, i have a brand new nb1 e+, and i am very happy with it. just wondering what is the recomended tire pressure for the original tires ? thanks arie
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