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You know how riding Vespa our handlebars are like butter - easily turning as we weave in and out etc etc……well today on my 10 mile commute home all was perfect……but suddenly I noticed it was riding a bit different……the handlebars weren't very easy to turn (mainly left) but I rode home fine, just felt a bit different. When I was stopped at a light I would turn handlebars right and left and it was fine……mainly when riding. Like when turning it was just a bit stiff and not as fluid.

What do you think happened if anything. I am thinking maybe tire pressure?? Felt fine, but I need to check tomorrow. It's been 325 miles since any air was put in so maybe that is it.

Here is a pic of the front tire. Maybe an alignment thing I have zero idea what's going on.
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You should check your tyre pressures weekly.
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makes sense that is what it is. I have ridden almost 400 miles since last time it was checked - just felt super strange is all. What PSI do you do front and back?
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26 front,
30 in back.
Check when tyres are cold, before riding.
Good quality bike pump with guage is all you need.
Confirm its accuracy against a good quality pressure gauge.
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RocklandDad wrote:
I have ridden almost 400 miles since last time it was checked
In a week? A month? time matters more than mileage.
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Handling can be adversely affected by improper tire pressure. We run the recommended pressures, front 26 and rear 29. They are checked before each ride without fail.
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If you ever ride near Costco, they have these nifty machines where you tell it the pressure you want, and they {in,de}flate the tire to meet that pressure. They should be installed in front of the Tire Center. You can add a few PSI to your target to compensate for the difference between a hot and cold tire.
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In a week? A month? time matters more than mileage.
been about three weeks
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mayorofnow wrote:
If you ever ride near Costco, they have these nifty machines where you tell it the pressure you want, and they in,deflate the tire to meet that pressure. They should be installed in front of the Tire Center. You can add a few PSI to your target to compensate for the difference between a hot and cold tire.
Exactly what I have and I simply dial it in for all my bikes and walk away. Turns off when complete and then I move on to the next bike. Do it once a week and could not be easier. As a bonus it plugs in to regular power or the traditional cigarette lighter type charger so can be done where traditional power is unavailable.

The sensation of low pressure or a flat can be felt almost immediately as steering becomes very sluggish. Try pushing a Ural with a flat if you want a good workout.
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