Change a Bike Tire

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how to change your tire on a mountain, road or touring bike. The tire I have currently is very old and very worn, so I need to change it.

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    We first need to deflate the tire, so we take off the cap from the valve and loosen off the valve's screw
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    And we're going to deflate the tire
    Give it a squeeze all the way around.
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    Now we can pull the tire away from the ring, which will make it easier to take it off
    Do that on both sides.
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    And now we're going to use our tire levers to lever the tire out of position
    So, we insert the tire lever here and we can use leverage to get the tire out of position. So we can see that the tire is coming out. Just one more should do it. There we go. And maybe one more over here. When one of them pulls out, you normally know that means you're done. As you can see, the tire is well out so we can get our fingers in there now.
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    Use your fingers to do it manually
    Go all the way around with your fingers until the tire is fully extracted.
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    Now, we can take out the inner tube if possible
    There we go, take the valve out of the hole, and we can pull the inner tube out.
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    And now, we're going to do the other side
    So flip it around.
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    Using the levers again, get underneath there
    It can be very fiddly as always, but do this a few times around the wheel. Be careful not to wreck the ring tape while you do it.
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    So now it's out enough to use our fingers
    It's quite tight still, but we can get in there and get it out.
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    Now we can extract the wheel and dispose of the tire, and as you can see, the ring has now been extracted
    It's a good opportunity to have a look at the wheel now actually. It's not often we change the tires, so check the ring tape. Check if everything's OK. You can see here, it looks like the tape has been damaged a little bit, which isn't good. We can just check for any other damage - if the spokes have come through, if they've ripped any of the tape. We can move it back into position here; this has come a bit over to the side but we can try and fix that. So it's a good opportunity just to have a little look at it and really make sure there's no damage, and that it's fine to carry on using it. OK, so this is out of position; let me try and move this back into position.
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    Now we're going to put on the new tire
    We have the new tire here. It's in a lot better condition than the old one. It can seem quite counter-intuitive but when we look at the tread here we can see that the arrows are pointing this way, so we might assume that this is the way that the tire needs to be facing. But of course, as the bike is upside down currently, we're going to flip this over. So we need to turn it away from the direction we would think it should go in, because when you turn it upside down it'll be going the right way.
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    So we can place the ring in here
    We're going to get one side in at a time. If you're like me, you have a dynamo. It's important to make sure that the wheel and the dynamo are the right way around. So I need to turn the ring around so that the dynamo is in the correct position when I turn the bike back upside down.
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    Now we're going to try and get one part in at a time
    It's a lot easier to do this with the wheel on its side, because then there's no pressure coming from the bottom. Just squeeze one side in all the way around like so. It's best to do it with your hands. You can use tools, but it's best to do it with your hands so that there's no damage to the ring. And as you can tell, it's now in, which is excellent.
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    And now we can insert the inner tube
    Find the hole which is here at the top. We're going to place the inner tube back under. Place the valve over the top. There we go. Lift the tire over the inner tube, and then squeeze the inner tube in underneath the tire, making sure it's not folded or creased, and so when it inflates it won't cause a puncture. Do this all the way around until you're satisfied that it's in securely.
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    And then once again, we're going to try and make sure it's into the groove of the rim so that it cannot get caught
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    Then we're going to squeeze the tire in
    Squeeze it as much as possible, making sure that the inner tube does not get caught and cause a puncture. This is where it gets very difficult to squeeze the tire over the top. Well that's not too bad.
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    Check here that the valve is OK
    Push it in and out to make sure it's not obstructed.
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    And there you go; all that's left is to pump the tire
    This has been a video on how to change your touring, mountain or road bike tire. If you have any questions or suggestions, then please leave them in the comment section below. You've been watching VisiHow. Goodbye!
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