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There are probably many articles out there written by "experts" regarding this, but I would like to get a feel from the community here about your common practice.

What tire pressures do you run in your road tires? I'm about 6' and 175 lbs. I usually run around 115 to 120 psi. I was told by a mechanic at a huge shop once that that is too high. However, another mechanic at another shop was praising the Vittorias because you could run pressures up to 140 psi +. So, there's one reason for my question.

The other is that my (read sarcastically) wonderful county road department is deciding to totally screw up perfectly good roads with thick, large aggregate chip-seal. :mad: Very frustrating as a lot of the roads they are doing this to appeared to not need any work at all, yet some of the worst roads around here are not being touched. Because of the new gravel, the ride is very rough, and I was thinking about dropping my pressure.

What pressures have you all found to be the best compromise between rolling resistance, smooth ride, and cornering ability? Also, if you were going to start experimenting with lower pressures, what increments would you drop the pressure in (i.e. 5 psi, 2 psi, etc)?

Thanks,

Alex
 

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Camilo, thanks for the great info! I searched Continentals website yesterday, but couldn't find any information on my tires. So, I went with the recommended pressures from your table. It was only about an 8 psi change, but it made a world of difference on the smoothness of the ride. It was like a completely different bike. Only minor degradation, as would be expected, was the cornering on smooth roads.
 
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