How to Change a Tire on a Road Bike

How to Change a Tire on a Road Bike
If you own a road bike, you should know how to change a flat tire. It's not hard to do and only takes a little practice before you're proficient. Once you know how to do it, you won't have to worry about being stuck int the countryside with a flat tire. Of course, don't forget to take a spare tube, pump and tire tools along when you go for a ride.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tire levers New tire tube Air pump
  • Tire levers
  • New tire tube
  • Air pump
 
Step 1
Take the wheel off of your bike. Most bicycles are equipped with quick-release levers. Flip the lever open and pull the wheel away from the fork.
Step 2
Release any air out of the tire by loosening the knob and then depressing the stem on the tube's valve. Remove the nut at the bottom of the valve.
Step 3
Put a tire lever between the rim of the wheel and the bead of the tire and pry the tire off of the wheel by moving around the edge of the wheel. It's best to use two tire lever tools---one stationary and the other moving around the rim.
Step 4
Pull the tire off of the wheel, and take the tube out of the tire.
Step 5
Put a new tube inside the tire. Line up the tire onto the rim so that the valve in the tube lines up with the hole in the rim of the wheel.
Step 6
Push the bead of the tire into the rim, one side at a time, working your way around the edge of the rim. When the tire is completely on, inflate it with air and check for leaks.
 

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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