How to Change a Bicycle Tubeless Tire

How to Change a Bicycle Tubeless Tire
Tubeless bicycle tires can provide peace of mind if you are concerned about pinch flats. With tubeless tires you can run a much lower pressure in the tire without fear because there is no tube to pinch. However, tubeless tires are not impervious to deflation and can still be punctured by thorns, glass or metal fragments. If your tubeless tire gets punctured, changing it is a quick and relatively painless process with the right tools.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Patch kit
  • Tire sealant
  • Tire levers
  • CO2 pump
  • Tube
 
Step 1
Use the tire levers to pry the tire off of the rim and inspect the inside of the tire for protrusions or holes. If you find a foreign object in the tire, pull it out and isolate the hole.
Step 2
Use a patch from the patch kit to cover the hole on the inside. Allow to dry for a few minutes before using the tire levers to pry the tire back onto the rim.
Step 3
Refill the tire with tire sealant and spin the tire for about five minutes to spread the sealant around. Pump the tire up to pressure with a CO2 pump.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Always carry two tubes with you when riding this setup, if just for a safety against complete failure of your tubeless setup.
 
Always carry two tubes with you when riding this setup, if just for a safety against complete failure of your tubeless setup.

Article Written By Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller is a technical writer for an environmental division of Microbac Laboratories, Inc. He has a Master of Science from Ohio University. With over eight years of technical writing experience, Miller has a diverse skill-set and enjoys a wide-ranging client base. He is widely published on numerous writing websites and runs a small writing business out of his home in Marietta, Ohio.

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