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How to Install a Bike Tire

Learn how to install a bike tire from Silk Road Cycles' Brendon Nicholas in this Howcast bicycle repair and maintenance video.


A lot of tires have treads on them. You got to make sure that the tread is
going the correct way. Basically if you see, you have gears in the back.
Basically what would have to happen is the tread would have to go with the
wheel. You can see it would go this way.

A lot of mechanics, what we like to do is, we like to put the actual label
right where the valve is. If you do have a flat and you pump up your tube
you can see exactly where the hole would be. Makes it a lot easier for
fixing flats.

You just put the one side on. Then you're going to get your tube. Make sure
that you pump up the tube slightly just so it becomes round. It's easier to
put inside the tire and also so you don't pinch it when you're putting on
the other side.

Start with the valve here. Put the valve in. Pull the tire over the tube.
Start pushing the tube inside the tire in the rim.

Once you get it inside the tire and the rim, what you're going to do is
you're going to push the other side of the tire. The sidewall of the tire
onto the actual rim. You're going to start at the valve. You're going to
start opposite of where you took it off. Basically use the back of your
hand to push the tire on. Making sure that you're not pinching the tube.
You want to make sure that the tube isn't hanging out here because it will
actually pinch. Just like a pinch flat. Then you have to replace the tube.

You kind of just want to go all the way around, holding the tire. Sometimes
it gets a little difficult, like right at the end here. You can take a tire
lever and make sure that you're not pinching the tube. Use it backwards.
Instead of using it this way, like taking off the tire. You turn it upside
down and you just hook the tire up onto the rim.

Once the tire is on the rim you got to make sure that you start inflating
it. Before you do that make sure that the tire is seated properly.
Basically what that means is there's a seam that runs around most tires.
That should be even all the way around on both sides. If it's not then it
can cause a blowout which is never good.

As you pump up the tire make sure that you keep on looking at the seam to
make sure that's it's sitting properly. Make sure that you're keeping an
eye on your gauge on your pump to see what pressure it's at. Every tire is
a little different. It will actually say on the sidewall of the tire. This
tire says maximum inflation pressure 65 psi. I want to make sure that I do
somewhere around 65 psi.

Once you get it up to pressure make sure that you remember to tighten down
that screw if it's a Presta valve. If it's a Schrader valve make sure to
put the cap on it because it prevents dirt from getting into the valve.

That's how to replace a tire.

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