How to Replace a Bicycle Pump Head

How to Replace a Bicycle Pump Head
A bike pump head can be found on the end of the bike pump tube. Because the head attaches to the tire tube stem, it is easy to remove and is replaceable if damaged. The two most common types of valves used on bike tires are Schrader or Presta. Depending on which valve your bike inner tube requires, you'll need to find a bike pump specifically designed for your bike tires. Any modular bike pump, Schrader or Presta, can be removed.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut that fastens the head of the bike pump to the pump tube.
Step 2
Remove the tube seal and/or plastic nut if applicable. Find the tube seal fixed between the pump head and nut. Loosen and remove with vice grips.
Step 3
Slide the pump head from the pump tube.
Step 4
Change out the old pump head and replace it with a new one. Before you fasten the new pump head to the pump tube, attach a new nut into place. Use the adjustable wrench to achieve a tight fit.

Tips & Warnings

Always test the new pump head to make sure it is functional.
Never tighten a nut with your hands. Always use a wrench.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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