How to Put a New Tire on a Bicycle Wheel

How to Put a New Tire on a Bicycle Wheel
Replacing the tires on your bike is one of the easier repairs you can perform. This simple procedure should not require the help of a bike shop; most cyclists should be able to complete this task fairly quickly with a few basic tools. This article assumes that the tire and tube have already been removed.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tire levers Pump
  • Tire levers
  • Pump
Step 1
Check the sidewall of the tire to see if there are arrows indicating a direction. If so, be sure to face the tire so that it is able to spin in the direction of the arrows.
Step 2
If the tire has been rolled up, pinch both sidewalls to get it into shape.
Step 3
Install the first tire bead onto the top of the rim. You should be capable of doing this with just your hands, but you can always use the tire lever to pry it over if you run into trouble.
Step 4
Get your tube. If you're using an old tube that was in your previous tire, check to make sure that it is the correct size for your new tire. The tire size will be on the sidewall of your tire.
Step 5
Inflate the tube to give it shape. For a Presta valve, you'll need to loosen the metal nut on the very top before you're able to inflate. Don't inflate all the way, but stop when it takes shape.
Step 6
Put the tube valve through the rim hole and carefully place the entire tube into the tire. Feel to make sure it's fully in the tire and seated on the concave part of the wheel.
Step 7
Beginning at the valve, push the second tire bead onto the rim by hand. Work it as far as you can by hand and then use the tire lever to finish the last section if it becomes too difficult. Use extra care when working with the tire lever so that you don't pinch the tube. Check the tire to make sure that both beads are in the rim and the tire is even on the rim. Be sure the tube is not pinched between the tire and rim.
Step 8
Read the tire sidewall to find the right pressure. Push the valve up through the rim, if it's depressed, and pump the tube halfway to pressure. Check the sides of the tire once more to make sure that it is holding and is still cleanly fitted to the rim. Then proceed with pumping until you've hit the correct pressure.
Step 9
Close your valve and put the cap back on. Put the wheel back on the bike, tightening the axle and reattaching your brakes.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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