For the first time in my life I changed a bicycle tyre’s inner tube. I used YouTube to help me out but got there in the end. Here’s what I did:
- Deflate the tyre.
- User tyre levers to pop off only the near side of the tyre. Keep the far side of the tyre wall inside the rim.
- Remove the inner tube completely, taking care around the valve.
- Partly inflate the new tube – one or two pumps is all it takes. You don’t want it too fat to fit inside the rim, but just plump enough to hold its shape.
- Insert the new tube’s valve into the tyre.
- Working your way around the inner of the rim, replace the tyre. You might need tyre levers to replace the final section.
The tyre levers I have are made of plastic, and whilst they did the job I think they’re a bit too wide and they don’t have a hook/clip so I can’t insert them and attach them to the spokes, which would be a smart addition. I’ll buy some metal ones, because metal tools are much more manly than plastic tools.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us?