Monday, October 13, 2008

"No-Lever" Tube Change

Former Bicycling tech editor Jim Langely shows his "no-lever" technique for changing a flat. First, getting the tire off the rim..

..then putting it back on.

Thanks, Jim!

1 comment:

Scott C. said...

This is the technique I use as well, although he leaves out a few steps.

I have to say, though, that the tire he's showing installs much easier than 95% of the ones I've put on the rim. Heck, I've had some that put up such a fight they broke nylon installation tools.

A couple of tips:

1) when removing the tire, you can get more of the air out first by holding the valve stem in and pressing the wheel flat against the floor.

2) When installing the tire, after you get the tire fully seated press the valve stem in to make sure its base is not pinched between the tire and the rim. Don't let it go in too far, because you need enough to grip with the pump head.

3) After putting the first 15 lbs of air in the tire, pinch the sidewalls all the way around to release any of the inner tube that might have gotten caught under the bead. Once in a while you'll hear a little "pop" where you've let it free. This will prevent having a blowout when the tire is fully inflated.

Scott C.