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No need to be anywhere close to double digit pressure.
No "need" perhaps, but depending on condition of the sand there might be no "need" to ride less than double digits.

Sorry, but this is a foolish poll. What pressure you should ride is based on the sand, the rider+ bike's weight and the tires. Too many variables. Just like riding in the snow, ride the pressure needed for the conditions that day.
 

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Thanks guys, greatly appreciated. I understand that many factors influence specific pressure used. Our sand around here is quite loose.

But so far the consensus is less than 10 PSI for sure. I can't go that low with my current wheelset without the tire falling off of the bead seat.
 

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No "need" perhaps, but depending on condition of the sand there might be no "need" to ride less than double digits.

Sorry, but this is a foolish poll. What pressure you should ride is based on the sand, the rider+ bike's weight and the tires. Too many variables. Just like riding in the snow, ride the pressure needed for the conditions that day.
agreed. there are some beaches with sand so hard you could probably ride a road bike. I assume this is not the case for your area, but, the only real answer is to go try and adjust...
 

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Thanks Jaker, I have seen that. They claimed to be at 8 PSI in similar sand. Where they rode is not far from where I am.

Here's a map of the ride area, a combination of behind the first row of dunes and the beach.

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I've ridden along Lake MI, Superior, and Erie. I can get by at 6-7psi, but that's because I will inevitably have to ride some pavement. If I'm committed to the sand, then 4-6psi is where it's at. That gets me through even some very soft conditions. I'm 190# on 4" tires.

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No "need" perhaps, but depending on condition of the sand there might be no "need" to ride less than double digits.

Sorry, but this is a foolish poll. What pressure you should ride is based on the sand, the rider+ bike's weight and the tires. Too many variables. Just like riding in the snow, ride the pressure needed for the conditions that day.
Yeah, I usually figure my tires should be relatively as soft as the terrain. 10psi is the highest I've ever gone (= hard dirt/pavement). Might've gone down to ~2-3psi for snow.
 

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Post your suggestions based on experience with sand riding.

Most of my riding will be on the beaches on southern Lake Michigan.
That's an impossible question to answer without a whole lot more info about you, the bike and the types of sand you want to ride. But, really all you need to do is go down to the beach with your tires harder than you need and start letting air out a little bit at a time until you find a happy spot. Then when you are back home check the pressures and record. Keeping in mind sand conditions can change so there isn't one forever answer to rule them all.

Personally I never measured my beach riding tire pressure. I just adjusted based on feel.
 

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I start out around 10-12 and let it out accordingly.:cool:

I agree. I ride on the Gulf Coast beaches often. There is sugar sand and there is hard pack. On a normal day, there is a crossing of sugar to get to hardpack, and then it's pretty smooth. You can run as low as 2-3psi and it works great for getting through the soft stuff, but is draggy when on the hard pack.

Depending on the tide, you usually have hard pack to ride on. Only at the highest tides will you be forced to ride on the soft stuff. Even with very low pressure, the sugar sand is very difficult to get through.

I enjoy the hardpack so I like to ride around 10-12 psi. It's too hard for the sugar, so I'll just get a head of steam and power through the short width of it to get to the shoreline for the hardpack.

If I get caught at high tide and need to ride through the soft stuff, I'll let air out.
 

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It really depends a lot on your weight and the tires. I run Bud and Lou and weigh 155 pounds; 4 psi is low but not uncomfortably low with them. 6 psi is pretty stiff. Anything more than that is pointless.
Exact same for me. Bud and Lou. I have run as low as 1 or 2, which gets too low, and requires extra effort in anything other than deep dry sand (or snow). As high as 8 which is for paved roads only. Generally along the waters edge, 4 is perfect. I am a Michigander, but I also have ridden a few lakesides in Canada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Oregon. Michigan sand is unique, and a bit more coarse than some other sandy shorelines. The amount of moisture in it seems to make a big difference. I have enjoyed babyhead sized rocks, peastones, and some other textures, and anything over 6psi would not have done well in any of them.

Loved Rialto beach, Cannon Beach, Long beach, Copalis beach(pic), if you are ever in that neighborhood. Bicycle tire Wheel Bicycle wheel Tire Bicycle wheel rim
 

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I enjoy riding my Pugs on the WA coastal beaches a few times a week, since I live within earshot of the surf, and a few miles to the south of Westport. The sand is usually fine grained, and packed hard down near the low tide water line. Its soft up above the high tide line, and the relative hardness also varies considerably with the slope of the beach. So I have tried to find a happy medium (which really doesn't exist, although I persist in hanging onto the delusion).

I'm 160 lbs, rolling on 65mm Marge Lite rims and 3.8 tires with tubes. My F tire is usually at around 6psi, and my R at about 7 or 8psi, so that I don't have to change the pressure when returning to harder surfaces, although I will pump both of 'em up to around 10psi for riding the logging roads or anything greater than a small distance on pavement.
On softer sand, they work better at around 4.5psi F and 5.5psi R.
I got a pinch flat once on my R when I was running only 4 lbs, and went over a small log at just enough speed to create a nasty pinch, so I don't run 'em that low anymore.

Exact same for me. Bud and Lou. I have run as low as 1 or 2, which gets too low, and requires extra effort in anything other than deep dry sand (or snow). As high as 8 which is for paved roads only. Generally along the waters edge, 4 is perfect. I am a Michigander, but I also have ridden a few lakesides in Canada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Oregon. Michigan sand is unique, and a bit more coarse than some other sandy shorelines. The amount of moisture in it seems to make a big difference. I have enjoyed babyhead sized rocks, peastones, and some other textures, and anything over 6psi would not have done well in any of them.

Loved Rialto beach, Cannon Beach, Long beach, Copalis beach(pic), if you are ever in that neighborhood. View attachment 1182504
 
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