HOW TO REPLACE BIKE TIRES
May 26, 2011 | By Philip Foster
Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts
magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various
extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three
years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.
Many mountain biking trails feature a terrain littered with jagged rocks and roots. These hazards may
damage the rubber body and inner tubes of your mountain biking tires. Regardless of what genre of
cycling you participate in, riding for extended periods of time will slowly wear down your tire tread.
Replace the tires of your off-road or recreational bicycle to decrease the likelihood of a slide out. Bicycle
South recommends using tire levers to aid in the replacement process.
Lift the quick release levers found on the left side of the wheel hubs. Remove the two wheels from the
dropouts of your bicycle. Twist off the caps to reveal the air valves of the tires.
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Press down on the center stem to deflate the old or worn down bicycle tires. Push the flattened end of a
tire lever under the bead of your deflated tire. Affix the opposing end of the tire lever around one of the
Fasten a second lever in place, two spokes down from the first. Insert the flat edge of a third lever under
the bead. Push the lever around the length of the rim to free the bead.
Wrap your fingers around the hollow body of the bicycle tire. Pull backward to release the tire from the
metallic rim. Remove the inner tubes.
Insert the tubes into the rubber bodies of your new bicycle tires. Stretch the replacement tires around the
corresponding rims. Insert the air valves through the circular holes found in the rims.
Inflate the inner tubes with a bike pump. Replace the air valve caps. Align the wheels onto the dropouts
while closing the quick-release levers.
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