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Angus W asked the question in Bike Maintenance

Stupid question, how do you change the inner tube on a road bike?

I was trying to change the tubes on new bike (trek 1.2) and having moved from mountain biking, the tyre was far harder to shift out of the way. I didn't want to force it and I know this seems a ridiculous question but is there a simple method?

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The easy way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lydl8gyGrHY

What this video doesn't show too well is that when you put the tyre on the rim, and put the clincher beading in, it's going to get very tight for the last 4 or 5 inches of tyre.

So let's break it down. Start at the value and seat the beading into the rim. Work it in around the rim away from the valve. When you come to the last bit, but the valve side of the tyre into your groin, with the last bit away from you facing up. Use the heel of your hands to push the beading of the tyre up and over the rim so that it falls in place. Some use thumbs, but I broke mine a while ago so I find it easier with the heel of the palm.

Don't be tempted to ease it over with a tyre leaver - you will run the risk of pinching the tube.

Takes a bit of practice as road tyres are a much tighter working space than a MTB tyre.

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Apologies for the lack of thanks at the time! This has been invaluable to me! Thanks very much! Was just getting to grips with how this site works! 

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