How to Change a Bike Tire


How to Change a Bike Tire. You’re on the side of the road with a bike
tire flat. What is there to do but to impress your friends
with the ability to change a tire with no tools? You will need Safe area Tube Tire levers Safe
area Tube and tire levers. Step 1. Find a safe place off the side of the road
or bike path. Step 2. Release the brakes. To do this on a road bike, turn the small,
tear-drop-shaped lever above the brake caliper upward. On a mountain bike, release the cable by pinching
the caliper and remove the cable from the middle. If your rear tire is flat, shift into your
smallest rear gear. Step 3. Pull your quick-release lever into the open
position, hold the nut on the opposite side, and spin the lever counter-clockwise until
you’re able to have the hub clear the dropouts. You won’t have to completely remove the
nut to do this. Step 4. For a flat on the front tire, remove the wheel
and let the bike stand upright on its front fork. Step 5. For a rear flat, turn your bike upside-down
standing it on its saddle and handlebars. Then move the chain to one side while you
move the wheel straight out of the drops. Step 6. On the wheel itself, remove the valve cap
and the stem nut (on presta valves). Step 7. Remove any remaining air from the tube. Step 8. Work your way around the tire with your thumbs,
pushing the edge — or bead — up and away from the rim. Do this all away around the edge. Step 9. Remove the tire by holding the wheel against
your thighs, and working your tire — again with your thumbs — inward and upward away
from the rim until the bead has enough slack to come free of the rim. Step 10. Slide your fingers under the loose edge of
the tire and pull it away from the rim until the entire edge is off. This will easily enable you to take off the
tire. Use tire levers on old, sun-damaged tires
that are too stiff and stubborn. Step 11. Remove the damaged tube. You can patch it later, so save it. Step 12. Gingerly run your finger on the inside of
the tire to make sure there are no remaining objects from the puncture that will continue
to damage new tubes. Remove anything you may find. Step 13. Grab a new tube and inflate it just enough
to hold its shape. Step 14. Pick your tire and wheel, and place only one
bead of the tire back in place within the wheel’s rim. Step 15. Find the valve stem hole and insert the valve
of your partially inflated tube into the hole. Step 16. Continue placing the tube around the rim and
up into the tire. If you’re using a presta valve, screw the
valve stem nut on the stem. Step 17. At the valve stem, push the loose bead of
the tire back into place, then work your way around the wheel from the steam outward, pushing
the bead back into the rim. Step 18. If you have some trouble getting the last
bit of bead back into the rim, remove a little more air and try again. Step 19. Pump up your tire/tube to the suggested PSI
listed on the sidewall of the tire. Step 20. As you’re pumping air back in, make sure
the tire is inflating evenly and that no areas of the bead are coming loose. Step 21. Replace the wheel onto your bike. Step 22. Secure your brakes, quick-release lever, and
chain. Did you know Installing a new tube without
the use of tools or levers helps eliminate the possibility of “lever bites” or punctures.

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