How to Fix Squeaky Bike Tires

How to Fix Squeaky Bike Tires
Squeaking bike tires can make an annoying, high-pitched noise when you're riding your bike, and it can be embarrassing when you are commuting through the city or other populated areas. Many times the squeaking is not because of the tire itself, but a product of the friction between the bike tire rim and the brakes rubbing against them. However, squeaking also can occur on the tire axle when the metal of the wheel and the metal axle grind against each other. To eliminate squeaking tires, follow a few easy steps.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wheel lubrication
  • Grease
  • Wet rag
  • Wrench
Step 1
Wipe off the metal tire rims with a wet rag to remove dust and sediments that may be causing squeaking, then do the same to the brake pads.
Step 2
Watch the brakes as you slowly apply the brakes to the rim. If the back part of the brake hits the rim before the front of the brake, the squeaking is probably the result of the brakes hitting the rim the wrong way. You will have to take this to a bike mechanic to get repaired, since attempting to fix the brakes on your own could damage your brakes and tire.
Step 3
Loosen the bolt holding the front tire to the bike frame. The bolt is located at the axle and can be undone with a wrench.
Step 4
Clean the axle with a rag to remove sediments, then apply a fresh layer of grease to the axle. Apply the grease liberally.
Step 5
Re-tighten the wheel to the bike frame and tighten the bolt using a wrench. Spin the tire several rotations to distribute the grease evenly.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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