How to change a bike tire | Change it by 3 mins!
A flat tire can leave you helpless in the middle of your ride but if you know how to change a bike tire, then there is nothing to worry about! Changing a bike tire may seem to be a tough task, but it is not that much hard as it looks
To replace the damaged tire, all you will need a new one. Note that, it is also important to carry a spare tube, repair kit, tire lever, a bike pump or CO2 inflator, and a multi-tool while riding on your bike. Because you don’t know when you may need them!
Now, without wasting more words, let’s show you how to change a bike tire using the below steps.
- New tire
- New tube
- Tire pump
- Flathead screwdriver
Before buying your new tires and tubes, make sure they are the same size as your old ones.
Always remember to check your bike’s user manual or its manufacturer’s website for more information.
Step 1: face the chain upwards:
Put your bike upside down means keeping the chain facing up by resting it on its handlebars because you can’t remove the tire keeping the bike upright as it will fall over. Some city bike or road bikes may have a different mechanism to work out.
Step 2: Removing the quick release lever, if your bike has one:
You will find the release lever at the center of your bike wheel. Now, by pulling up on the lever, turn it 180 degrees to loosen it and remove it from the axle.
After turning the quick release lever at 180 degrees, if it does not come off, then keep turning it.
Step 3: If your bike does not have a quick-release lever, loosen the nuts:
Use a wrench to hook it onto the nuts to loosen it until it comes off. From both the side of the bike, remove the wheel nuts.
Step 4: Detaching the brakes (not applicable for front tire):
Detach the brakes to make the tire easier to remove. Mostly, removing the quick lever also detaches the brakes but if yours does not, squeeze the calipers on the brakes to release the cables.
Step 5: Loosen the chain:
Pull the small gear that is available at the top of the rear sprocket set towards the front of the bike to loosen the chain.
Step 6: Removing the old tire:
Let all the air out from your tire and remove all the nuts from the valve stem if needed. Slide a screwdriver into the slit made by pulling the tire back, and start pulling it towards you by making sure the edge of the tire is being pulled up and over the lip of the rim completely.
Use the screwdriver as a lever to push the tire up and over the rim by sliding it completely under the tire and tube.
To make the tire free from the wheel, push it down and around the rim and once it is free, remove the tube from the tire.
Step 7: Installing a new tube and tire:
If you are using your old tube, make sure it is not punctured or torn.
Lay the tube on a table and inflate it enough to take the shape. Slide the tube into the new tire.
Now, push the valve stem into the hole in the rim and then push the side of the tire into the rim along with putting the tube between the two sides of the rim.
After putting the tube and one side of the tire completely in the rim, it’s time to do the same for the opposite valve stem and pull the remaining tire side up and over the lip of the rim.
After finishing, put the new nut on the valve stem and inflate the tire.
Step 8: Reinstalling your bike’s tire:
Before putting the wheel into the frame, put the chain around the rear sprocket. Then slide the tire back into the frame and hook the chain back into the derailer. And done!
Now that you know how to change a bike tire, you can easily change it when needed and hit the road again.
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I am Daniel D. Harris, an enthusiastic biker who loves to ride bicycles. I keep on sharing my experience of cycling through this blog. I do keep writing to assist you in finding the city bikes, bike lights, bike pedals, and many more things related to bicycles. You may find my blog useful once you read some posts. Find me on twitter. Have a good day bikers!