How to Change a Rear Road Bike Tire

How to Change a Rear Road Bike Tire
Changing a rear road bike tire can seem like a complicated thing. And in a sense, it's true; there's more to it than just popping off one tire and popping on another. Still, a quick run-through of how to change a rear road bike tire can help even a novice accomplish this task without any trouble.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • New tire
  • New tire
Step 1
Shift gears so that the your bike's chain is on the smallest cog and ring. You can do this while riding your bike, of course, but if you aren't on your bike, simply turn your bike onto its back so that it is supported on its handlebars and seat, then hand-turn the rear wheel while simultaneously shifting down.
Step 2
Get the brakes out of the way. How this step is accomplished depends entirely on the type of bike that you have. Some bikes have V-brakes; to get V-brakes out of the way, pull the noodle out of its rubber cover. Some bikes have cantilever brakes; just lift the cable end out of its shield on one side. Other bikes feature side-pull brakes; turn the small rotating handle on one side of the brakes outward to lift the brake up. A fourth common brake, the disc brake, requires no action.
Step 3
Get the chain and the derailleur out of the way by using your hand to pull back the derailleur.
Step 4
Open the quick release. This is the handle located at the center of the wheel where the spokes all come together. Open it by turning this handle.
Step 5
Remove the wheel. It should now slide right off.
Use tire-changing tools to put a new tube and tire on the wheel. Pump up the tube.
Step 6
Put the wheel back in place, then close the quick release, thereby locking the wheel onto your bike. Put the derailleur and chain back into their places, with the chain on the same cog that it was on previously. Put the brakes back into place.
Step 7
To make sure the wheel and chain are in proper place, ride around slowly in a safe place, shifting gears often. If all seems to be going smoothly, you're done.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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