How to Change a Tubeless Tire on a Road Bike

How to Change a Tubeless Tire on a Road Bike
There are three primary types of bike tires -- clincher tires, which have a tube inside; tubular tires, which are glued to the rim of the wheel, and tubeless tires. Tubeless tires are much like the tires we use on our cars. The tire is held in place on the rim with a stiff wire "bead" around the edges of the tire, establishing a seal with the rim so that it holds pressure without needing an inner tube.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tubeless tire
  • Soapy water solution
  • Air pump
Step 1
Examine the rim of the wheel for any cracks, nicks, or dents. These may prevent the tubeless tire from making a secure fit. This is a potentially dangerous situation, so don't use a damaged rim.
Step 2
Lubricate the rim with a solution of soapy water or a lubricant recommended by the manufacturer of the tire. Oil or grease should not be used. The lubricant lets the tire slide more easily onto the rim.
Step 3
Push the bead of one side of the tire onto the rim, starting at the valve. Work your way around the perimeter of the rim until the bead is all the way on. This first side will be relatively easy to do.
Step 4
Push the bead on the other side of the tire onto the rim. Use two hands, gripping the tire firmly to push it over the rim and onto the wheel. Avoid using tire levers, as these can damage the bead of the tire.
Step 5
When the tire is completely on the rim, inflate it with a pump or compressor until it is somewhat over the recommended pressure. Check for leaks, then valve off some of the air until the tire is at the correct pressure level. Check the manufacturer's information or the sidewall of the tire for the correct pressure.

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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