Pump it... yourself !
Regularly checking your tire pressure is important and not difficult at all. You can undoubtedly do it yourself! You do, however, need a good bicycle pump... In fact, every bike doesn't just need a sturdy lock to go with it, but also a good pump. You won’t get a quality pump for free (you’ll pay between €20 and €50), but take it from us, it’s money well spent! You can also share it with roommates or neighbours. Other options can be found below.
- When? About once every three weeks.
- Why is it so important? Riding your bike with correctly inflated inner tubes provides a better ride, reduces the risk of flats and prevents rims and tires from wearing out prematurely.
- How? Check what kind of valve you have and follow the recommended pressure, as expressed in bar and/or PSI. You can find the minimum and maximum pressure indicated on the side of your tire, and while inflating your tire, you can read off the pressure on the pressure gauge (if your pump has one). In this video we show you how it’s done!
- About to change your tire? Consider investing in a so-called ;-) "flat-less tire", especially if you bike a lot in the city.
- Avoid riding over curbs when going at a certain speed. Otherwise, you risk getting a "snakebite flat"!
Where to find public bicycle pumps?
On this map*, you can find public bicycle pumps and even entire repair stations. The facilities are usually municipality-owned, but some other organisations offer them as well. Find out below how you can help keep this map up to date.
Did you spot a broken public pump or a new one?
You can report them to the mobility department of your municipality or contribute to the open source map of CycloFix. OpenstreetMap is a kind of "Wikipedia of maps". Sign-up to help other users find their way to both already existing and new facilities. You can also indicate if something is missing or not working properly and add related images.
*Cyclofix was developed during the Open Summer of Code 2020, funded by Bike for Brussels. It is built on the MapComplete platform, which allows any subset of OpenStreetMap data to be easily collected and displayed via a mobile website.