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How to Change a Flat Bike Tire
Step 1: Remove the Tire
Take your wheel off. Slip the flat end of a tire lever under the bead; hook the other end onto an adjacent spoke. Insert a second lever under the bead and slide it between the tire and rim until one side is completely off. Remove the other side and pull out the damaged inner tube.
It's okay to: Use your hands to remove a tire. If the bead is loose enough, you can do this without levers.
Step 2: Inspect for Damage
Run your fingers along the inside of the tire to feel for and clear anything that may have caused the flat—a thorn, a piece of glass, a nail. Two side-by-side holes (like a snakebite) usually indicate a pinch flat, which is generally a result of underinflation.
It's okay to: Ask someone to help if you're not ready to tackle the job yourself.
Step 3: Install a New Tube
Seat one side of the tire onto the rim, then tuck a new, slightly inflated tube inside—starting at the valve hole and working your way around. Using the palms of your hands, roll the other side of the tire onto the rim, making sure the tube isn't getting pinched as you go.
It's okay to: Practice at home on a perfectly good tire and tube. In fact, we recommend it.
Step 4: Inflate Carefully
With your pump head attached to your valve stem (there are two types: Schrader and presta, the latter more common on road tubes), inflate the tube to half your desired tire pressure. Make sure the tire is seated properly on the rim, then pump until you reach the desired psi.
Reuse your tube: Assess your inner tube when you get home. If it can be saved, do it.