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08-29-2012, 07:43 AM
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Weight of air in a bicycle tyre

Hi,
I work in a bicycle shop where we were discussing low weight parts, when I wondered: how much does the air in a tyre weigh? Attempting to calculate it, I've got a bit lost and need help. The question, clearly defined:

How much does the air in a typical mountain bike tyre weigh when inflated to 40psi?
Measurements:
> Tyre/rim = 26" circumference,
> Tyre/tube diameter = 1.95"
> Wheel diameter = 22"

Hans
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08-29-2012, 09:27 AM
 JohnS Double Ultimate Supreme Member Join Date: Dec 2007 Location: SE Michigan, USA Posts: 8,700 Rep Power: 17
Re: Weight of air in a bicycle tyre

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Unregistered Hi, I work in a bicycle shop where we were discussing low weight parts, when I wondered: how much does the air in a tyre weigh? Attempting to calculate it, I've got a bit lost and need help. The question, clearly defined: How much does the air in a typical mountain bike tyre weigh when inflated to 40psi? Measurements: > Tyre/rim = 26" circumference, > Tyre/tube diameter = 1.95" > Wheel diameter = 22" Thanks in advance Hans
I'm quite unable to do it in Imperial units, so converting as required.
Avg diameter of centerline of tube 24 in or 0.61 m
Diameter of tube: 0.0495 m
Volume of tube = (pi/4)*0.0495²*0.61 = 0.00117455 m³ (or 1.17455 L)
At atmospheric pressure, air is about 1.2 g/L. At 40psi/14.7 psi, about 2.72X that or 3.265 g/L.

So 3.265 g/L x 1.17455 L = 3.8 g
(many guard digits in intermediate calculations, rounded sensibly at end)
Above is at 25 °C and varies with temperature as lower temperature air is denser.

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