April 2 2009.

As April's Bike Tyre Safety Month gets underway, TyreSafe is helping bikers to stay safe and check their tyre pressures with greater ease by offering 90 degree tyre valve extensions to the first 300 people to sign up to its e-newsletter at www.tyresafe.org. The valve extension can be simply screwed onto the tyre's existing valve, making checking and inflating tyre pressures a simpler operation as the valve's 90 degree bend allows bikers to attach air lines and pressure gauges with greater ease. When inflation is complete, the extension can be removed and stored under the seat so it is always to hand.

"Some bikers experience problems when checking their tyre pressures or inflating their tyres due to difficulties accessing the tyre valve," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, Tyresafe. "Unlike car tyres, valves on motorcycle tyres are located in the centre of the rim to avoid any wheel balance issues. This can cause issues when trying to inflate tyres as some equipment is so large that it cannot fit between the wheel hub and the valve. This handy valve extension removes that problem, making it much easier for bikers to check and inflate their tyres."

Correct tyre pressures is being highlighted as a key safety concern throughout Bike Tyre Safety Month. Incorrect pressures can cause dramatic changes in bike performance, most notably affecting handling and cornering as well as reducing fuel economy and accelerating tyre wear. Riders are also being reminded that they should adjust their tyre pressures accordingly if they are carrying pillion passengers or panier loads. Tyre pressures should be checked at least once per month and before any long journeys, when the tyres are cold. When checking tyre pressures, riders should also give the tyre a quick visual inspection to ensure there are no tears, cracks, cuts or bulges.

Any rider unsure about the condition of their tyres should visit one of the many motorcycle tyre dealers across the UK participating in Bike Tyre Safety Month. Participating dealers are displaying campaign posters.

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