37psi in 32mm tyres: Why tyre pressures are getting lower at Paris-Roubaix

As wider tyres become commonplace, riders are running lower pressures at the Hell of the North

A person inflating bike tyres with a handheld Fumpa Pump
(Image credit: Dan Clark (Hunt))

Riders at Paris-Roubaix this weekend will be running tyre pressures as low as, and perhaps even lower than, 37psi (2.5 bar). 

The race, famous for its tough cobbled sectors, tends to bear witness to the lowest road race pressures of the year, as those competing look to balance comfort and speed. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 


An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 


He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.