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What tire pressure do most people recommend while riding on predominantly pines needles over hard pack dirt. What I hear is that you want to keep the tire pressure high, rather than low. But I just cant seem to figure out if this is out. Thanks in advance.
 

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Well, some of the areas I ride a lot have sections covered with pine trees and needles. These sections are normally pretty rooty as well. Having said that, I run the lowest pressure I can without pinch-flatting. I don't think higher pressures would really help, it would be more dependent on your tire - having a tire that is designed with loose-over-hardpack would be the best choice. Something with decent lugs and spacing.
 

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Greg12341 said:
What tire pressure do most people recommend while riding on predominantly pines needles over hard pack dirt. What I hear is that you want to keep the tire pressure high, rather than low. But I just cant seem to figure out if this is out. Thanks in advance.
Depends on the tire and rider.

I would want a somewhat open, deepish tread and a "higher" pressure could be helpful. A low knob/tight tread may have trouble finding traction no matter what pressure is used as it can not punch through the needles.
 

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I've ridden around southern France on some loamy/pine needly trails and around Swinley forest in the UK (pine forest central ! ) and I find the best combination is as low pressure as possible with a large open tread tyre such as the Nokian Gazzaloddi, of course this really hurts on the inevitable hardpack and fire roads...
 
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