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FITTING ROAD TYRES WITH INNER TUBES

Do you need to CHANGE A ROAD BIKE TYRE WITH AN INNER TUBE?
Michelin explains how you can proceed with this video tutorial

How to Mount a Michelin Road Bike Tire - Michelin Bike

CHANGING A ROAD TYRE : WHICH TOOLS ?

Before mounting your tyre, equip yourself with the following materials :

  • Wheel rim
  • Rim tape
  • Two tyre levers
  • Tyre
  • Inner tube
  • Pump

STAGES OF A ROAD TYRE FITTING

Here is a step by step routine on how to correctly change a Road bike tyre with an inner tube. Make sure to respect the rolling direction of the tyre, to arrange the inner tube to avoid any friction and to adjust the tyre pressure to your use and weight.

  1. Verify the state of the rim tape. Change it if needed : a damaged tape will favour flats.
  2. Place the rim tape starting by the valve's hole.
  3. Use the valve to keep the hole well centred.
  4. Position the rim tape with a tyre lever.
  5. Insert the first bead of the Road tyre inside the wheel rim.
  6. Slightly inflate the inner tube : it has to remain flexible and bend if you put it on your finger.
  7. Position the inner tube inside the tyre starting from the valve.
  8. Insert the second bead always beginning on the opposite side of the valve.
  9. Make symmetrically light pressures on each side of the tyre, along the wheel rim up to the valve, to prop up the tyre well.
  10. Remove the inner tube from the bottom of the wheel rim and the bead with the help of the valve.
  11. Verify that the inner tube is not stuck between the bead and the wheel rim to avoid pinch flats.
  12. Inflate the Road tyre without exceeding the maximum pressure indicated on the tyre's sidewalls.
  13. Verify that the tyre is correctly positioned on the wheel rim.
  14. Do not exceed the authorized maximal pressure.
  15. Adjust the pressure of the tyre according to your weight and your use of Road bike (read the article on tyre pressure).
  16. Do not forget to verify the pressure of your Road bike tyre before every ride. A pressure well adapted is more comfortable and gives better performances!
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