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Getting a flat tyre on a bike is frustrating but I’ve recently learnt that changing the inner tube on a bike yourself is not only possible, it’s quite easy.

What you’ll need:

  • Tyre levers
  • Replacement tyre inner tube.

Method:

1. Release the brakes from the tyre. Different bikes have different brakes, pictured here are two brake options.

2. Release the wheel from your bike by releasing the bike lever.

3. Starting at the air valve, use the tyre levers to pop one side of the tyre out of the rim.

4. Remove the inner tube.

5. Carefully check tyre for any debris that may have caused the puncture.

6. Pump a small amount of air into your new tube.

7. Starting with the air valve, place inner tube inside the tyre.

8. Using your thumbs, push the tyre edge back into the rim. You may need to use tyre levers for the last bit.

 

9. Pump the tyre.

10. Attach the wheel back on the bike, remembering to lock in the wheel and tighten brakes.

Check out the full instructional Youtube video

Happy riding.

Have you changed a bike tyre before successfully? Please add comment below.

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  • Thank you for the step by step instructions.

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  • What a great & practical post-Thank you

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  • I must admit that I never knew how to change a bike tyre.
    I really dont think I ever had a flat tyre as a kid and im pretty sure I never had to deal with it with my kids either…..how odd.

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  • My mum could repair our punctures in a couple of hours, but a straight tyre chang she could do in minutes with the help of 3 dessert spoon, lol.

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  • I was just having the conversation recently that nobody in our area rides bikes any more so this doesn’t seem relevant in our family.

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  • Coming from the Netherlands my dad taught us to change tires from a very young age. In winter time we were allowed to do it in the kitchen, so our hands wouldn’t get freezing cold :)

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  • It gets easier after the first time.

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  • Our bike shop does ours for us.

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  • Not quite as easy as it looks. Great info though!

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  • Thanks for this article! It’s been years since I changed a bike tyre, not since I was a young teenager, and I’d completely forgotten how to!

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