How Do I Replace a Bicycle Tire?

How Do I Replace a Bicycle Tire?
If you ride a bike long enough, sooner or later, you will have to replace a tire. It is not difficult to learn how to replace a bicycle tire. The type and manufacturer of the bike will determine how the rim should be removed from the bike. Once the rim is removed, the tire can be replaced quickly and you can be back on the road again.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Vice Grips
  • (2) Tire Pry Tools
  • New Tire
Step 1
Turn the bicycle over on its seat and handlebars and carefully set it on the ground. Disconnect the bicycle tire rim from the forks by loosening the retaining nuts at the axle with an adjustable wrench or vise grips. If the nuts are extremely tight apply a few sprays of lubricant.
Step 2
Remove the rim by lifting it from the forks. If you are replacing a rear tire, carefully maneuver the gear sprocket from the chain. If the brakes interfere with removing the rim, you may need to release them as well.
Step 3
Lay the rim flat and remove the cap from the air valve. Using the back of the air valve, insert it into the valve and release the air from the inner tube.
Step 4
Insert a tire pry tool between the rim and the tire inner wall. Lift up and out until the tire pops over the outside of the rim. Insert the second pry tool in and slide it across the perimeter of the inner rim and tire. This will release one side of the tire over the rim. Now remove the rest of the tire and the inner tube off of the rim by hand. If your bicycle has a Schrader valve, the screw that connects the valve to the rim will have to be removed.
Step 5
Insert one side of the new tire over the bicycle rim. Partially fill the inner tube with air until it just begins to take shape. Insert the tube between the tire and the rim. Be careful to insert the valve into the hole in the rim so that you do not damage it. Only pull the valve half way through the hole.
Step 6
Press in the other side of the tire into the bicycle rim using your thumbs. The last quarter of the tire will be the most difficult to install. Try not to use a pry tool as you may puncture the tube. Just keep working the tire into the rim with your thumbs.
Step 7
Pull the air valve completely through the valve hole on the rim. Inflate the tire to its normal pressure. Replace the valve cap and reinstall the rim on the bicycle.

Article Written By Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.

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