It doesn’t matter what kind of riding you are doing, getting a plane tire is a necessary piece of cycling. If you do a lot of practices and have necessary tools, it would become easier for you to change the tube. This article would give you an idea about how to change your bicycle tubes.
Changing a bicycle tube
If you drive your bicycle long enough, you might face some problems such as puncture or leakage in your tire. For a cyclist, it’s an important skill to have. It’s only a matter of some time to replace a bicycle tube. To do this task, you would feel more confidence and this also increase your knowledge about repairing the parts of your bicycle.
- Spare tube or patches
- Adjustable wrench
- New inner tube
Removing the wheel from the bicycle
Step 1: At first you need to hang the bicycle from a work stand or a tree to do the work. Before turning your bicycle upside down, shift down the outside gear. If you don’t turn your bicycle upside down, it would make your work harder because it would force to do against gravity.
Step 2: Unlock the brakes according to the instruction of your cycles manufacturer because different bicycles have different types of brakes. Simply release the brake levers or brake calipers on the handlebars. Otherwise, you could squeeze the calipers together to remove the cable. But don’t do this if your cycle has a hydraulic dish brake.
Step 3: loose the nuts through a wrench that attach the steering wheel to your bicycle. You shouldn’t remove nuts totally, loosen the nuts enough to pull the wheel freely. If the nuts are hard to loose, use some lubricant oil to make it easier.
Step 4: When removing the wheel, pull of the chain of the discs. You need to shift the gear because this offers the chain extra slack to do with. Pull the derailleur back and this would pull the chain clear of the devices of the discs.
Step 5: Pull the wheel out of the bicycle frame. As you have already loosen the nuts, it would easy for you to pull it out. You have to do the same thing for the front and rear wheel.
Removing the old tube
Step 1: The tube remains in the wheel; so, puncture the tube fully. If you have a Schrader style valve, use a tool to puncture the tube cylinder. Unscrew the stem to discharge the air for a Presta valve. For a Dunlop valve, just loosen the lid and release the air.
Step 2: Peer out a piece of the outer tube with two levers. You should use a plastic lever and avoid using the metal levers. Place the lever between the wheel rim and outer tube and remove a section of tube. It would off the wheel rim and leave the tube levers in place.
Step 3: Pull the full tube off from the rim. Place another lever between the tube and the rim and slide it all around the rim. By doing this, the outer tube would come out from the channel.
Step 4: Grab the rubber tube and pull out the tube completely. While getting the spigot stem, push down it and make it free.
Installation of the new tube
Step 1: To give your new tube a circular shape, pump it up. Don’t add much air that would make it hard installing it. add a little air as this makes your task easier to install it.
Step 2: Place your new tube among the wheel rim and outer tire. Start with the spigot stem and place it in the wheel rim through the hole. If there is a lock ring, tighten the lock to set it in place. Push the tube around the gap of the wheel. Ensure that your new tire is not sticking out or twisted anywhere.
Step 3: Put the tube back on the rim of the frame and push one part of the tube at once to set it into the channel by using your hands. Otherwise it is better to use plastic levers instead of using your hands.
Step 4: Fill your tube with much air as the pressure recommended. Check the work by a pressure gauge.
Reattaching the wheel
Step 1: Reverse the same process that you have done to detach the wheel. If you could detach the wheel properly, attaching them again won’t be a difficult task for you.
Step 2: Guide the steering wheel on the split on the frame. Pull the derailleur back to clear chains from the discs, if you are working with the back wheel. Set the wheel into its place carefully.
Step 3: Close the key on the calipers or the handle or set the cable of the brake into place. You could follow the manual’s instructions to do this.
Step 4: At last, tighten up the nuts to set the wheel in its place. To make sure that your nuts are secure, do this by using a wrench. But don’t tighten the nuts much because it would become harder to loosen them in future.
Now, your bicycle is ready with the new inner tube to ride. Be careful while riding so that your tube won’t get puncture easily.