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Front tires are designed for easy removal using only your bare hands and a few hand tools. Most experienced cyclists can remove a front tire in minutes. Road bike tires should be replaced after 1,000 miles. Mountain or cruiser tires should be replaced when you can see cracks or splits in them. Removing, replacing and repairing tires is a basic skill that every cyclist should understand before hitting the open road.
Flip the bike upside down and balance it on its handlebars and seat. Most bikes have a large lever on the left side of the wheel axle tucked along the bike frame. Use your fingers to push the lever away from the bike frame to open it. This releases the wheel axle from the bike frame. If you have an older bike, it may have nuts on the wheel instead of a lever. Use a 1/2-inch wrench on both sides to turn both nuts counterclockwise to release the wheel.
Pull the wheel straight up and off the bike. Place the wheel on a flat surface. If the tire still has air in it, remove the valve cap and let the air out of the tire. For Schrader valves, insert the tip of a ballpoint pen into the valve and push lightly to deflate the tire. If it's a Presta valve, unscrew the small ball at the top of the valve, and push down on it to release the air. Schrader valves look like car-tire valves. Presta valves are skinny and usually longer.
Insert the curved end of a plastic tire removal tool between the tire and the rim. The curved part should be facing up. Pry the end of the tool toward the spokes to lift the edge of the tire up and off the wheel. There is a small notch in the end of the tool. Hook the end of the notch over a spoke.
Insert the curved end of another plastic tire removal tool between the tire and the rim, four inches from the tool already in place. Pry down on the tool to continue popping the side of the tire off. Pull the lever out and insert it four inches farther down the rim, pry and reinsert the lever until the side of the tire is completely off the rim. Try not to slide the tool.
Reach into the tire with your fingers when one side of the tire is completely off the rim. Grab the tube just above the valve stem and pull it up and out of the tire.
Hold the wheel and tire up between both hands. Use your thumbs to push the tire forward, away from your body as if you were going to put it back on the wheel, but keep pushing until both sides of the tire pop completely off the opposite side of the rim. Once the tire begins to come loose, it will peel off the rim without you forcing it.
Replace the tire by first popping one side of the tire over the rim with your fingers. Insert the tube, then push the second side of the tire over the rim as far as possible using only your fingers. When the tire gets too tight and the remaining few inches won't fit on the rim, insert the tire lever and pry the final few inches back on the rim.
- If you only have a flat, you don't need to take the tire off the rim. Just loosen one side, insert the tube and push the side of the tire back in place and inflate the tire. You only need to take the tire off to replace it. When installing new tires and tubes, sprinkle some talc or baby powder inside the tire. This allows the tube and tire to adjust to each other for a better fit. Some tires come off very easy, and you can remove them without using tools. Other tires are stubborn and require more prying and swearing.