I would strongly urge you to FIRST buy a very accurate tire gauge, that only reads to [b]50psi max
dukebadboy wrote:I have same problem with gauges actually. I used to use Oxford tire pressure gauge, but it stopped giving me reliable readings. Sent from my MIX using Tapatalk
or the bar equivalent
if that's your preference.[/b] Once you have this, ALWAYS handle it as though it were an uncooked egg, less you stand an excellent chance of throwing the calibration off, when dropping/throwing it, much like a torque wrench.
FWIW...I do not ride my bikes to maximize mpg, tire life, brake pad life, or any other consumables. That said, I also do not go out my way to simply beat the shit out of them either.
I'm 236lbs in clothes, and right at 250lbs in full track gear (leathers/gloves/boots/back protector/helmet.
The suggested tire pressure on any bike sold for street use, usually is with the understanding of the bike loaded with it's maximum permissable payload. If you find yourself riding solo, max psi, and spirited riding in the canyons/mountains will lead to unhappy results.
Even when I was shy of 200 lbs, 20 odd years ago, I would never run more than 36psi in the front tire, and 34-36psi max in the rear...cold. If you want hot PSI suggestions, I'm not the guy to ask.
Pick something, record it somewhere, and after a good hour long ride, check your tires, front and rear to see the wear changes if any, as well as decide whether the bike felt more planted, or worse. For street use, because of pavement irregularities, you wouldn't want to go much less than 34psi, if you are more than 180lbs...rim damage.
Ultimately you have to choose, there's no magic number, due to so many different factors in play,
how much you weigh/we get off payload
how you ride
type of tire
type of bike