Changing a bike tire is easy, and all you need are some tire levers and a spare tube. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Remove the flat tire
- Use the tire lever to loosen the tire bead from the rim.
- Remove the valve stem from the rim.
- Put a tire lever under your flat tire and push it into a section of rubber that is not meeting up with another part of your flat tire (the space between these two pieces). This can be done at either side, because both sides are firmly attached to their respective points in this way, so if one doesn’t work for you, try using an alternative spot instead!
- Continue pushing until all four sides have popped off (or at least some of them).
- Remove your flat bike tire by pulling upward on its edges while pulling apart at each end where they connect with spokes.
Step 2: Put the new tire on the rim
Now, you can put the new tire on the rim.
- Remove the old tire from your bike.
- Place your new tire onto your bike’s rim and make sure it is facing inwards (towards you).
- Push all 4 sides of the bead over to one side of the rim, or push them down until they are even with each other (don’t worry if there are some wrinkles).
- Using a second lever, push against one side of the tread until it touches both lips of metal that surround your wheel valve stem hole in order to finish putting on your new tire!
Step 3: Put the tire back on the bike
The final step in changing your bike tire is to put the tire back on the bike. This is where things get a little trickier, but you’re almost done! Put the tire back on your rim in the same way you took it off: make sure that the valve stem faces forward, and that the bead of rubber goes around the rim.
Step 4: Put some air in your new tire and you’re ready to go!
Now that you’ve got your new tire on, it’s time to put some air in it! Use a bike pump to fill up the tire. Make sure not to over inflate it. The recommended amount of PSI is written on the side of the tire (look for the number “110”). Once you’re done, screw the valve stem cap back on and make sure to put your tube back inside before putting your wheel back onto your bike. Your wheels should be ready for riding!
Make sure you know where you’re going and how to get there before you leave.
Planning ahead is the first step of any adventure. Before you set out on a bike ride, make sure you know how long it will take, how long you can be gone before worrying about someone coming looking for you, and where to go if something goes wrong. The last thing anyone wants is an injured person sitting alone in the woods after dark because they thought they could make it back but didn’t plan for unforeseen obstacles like bad weather or injuries.
It’s also important to have a map and compass with you at all times so that if anything happens (or even just as a precaution), there will still be a way back home from wherever your journey takes you.
We hope this post has helped you understand how to change a bike tire with tire levers! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.