How to Change a Bike Tire
Nothing ruins a summer biking trip faster than a flat tire. Luckily, replacing a bike tire tube is easier than you think. Check out the tips from our experts below to replace your tire and get you back on your summer adventure.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
☐ Bike Tire
☐ Bike Tire Pump
☐ Bike Tubes
☐ Bike Tires
Step 1: Take the wheel off the bike by releasing your brake and loosening the axel nut. Most bikes have a quick-release lever to open and remove the tire. If you have a v-brake on your bike, squeeze your brake arms together to release the tension and remove the brake cables. Remove the tire off the bike frame.
Step 2: Unscrew the valve cap and deflate all the air in the bike tire. Ensure all the air in the tire is deflated before moving on to step 3.
Step 3: Pinch the tire to the rim and insert the tire lever between the tire and the rim. The lever should fit itself easily in between.
Step 4: Hook the tire lever to flip the edge of the tire to outside of the rim. You can use the second tire lever directly across from where you placed the first lever and work around the rim slowly flipping the inner tube out of the tire.
Step 5: Put a small amount of air in the tube to give it some shape. Do not over-inflate the tire!
Step 6: Insert the valve stem back into the hole of the rim and begin to slowly place the tube back inside of the tire, working the bead of the tire back to the rim.
Step 7: Inflate the tire to proper pressure (80-130 pounds per square inch) and re-attach the bike tire to the frame.
Step 8: Ensure your tire is firmly attached your bike and enjoy riding!