Spin Doctor Tech Tip: Changing a bicycle tire & tube

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For this week’s Spin Doctor Tech Tip, we’re going back to basics. If there is one skill that every cyclist should master, it’s changing a bike tire and tube. At some point you are going to get a flat or your tire will wear out, so being able to change these parts out yourself will save you both time and money. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to master the techniques you need, and the only tools necessary are a set of tire levers and a pump (we’re big fans of our easy-to-use Spin Doctor Team HP Floor Pump).

Since it’s easier to demonstrate tire & tube changing when you can see the process in action, we put together a series of videos that walk you through the steps from start to finish. Even if you’re a tire & tube-changing veteran, it doesn’t hurt to watch a refresher course from our in-house Spin Doctor pros:

Changing a Bicycle Tire’s Tube

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Changing a Road Bike Tire

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Changing a Mountain Bike Tire

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Once you’ve become a master of the tire lever, you can test your new found prowess against the clock – but you’ve got some work to do if you want to beat this guy’s time:

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If you’re looking for more bicycle repair tips, head to your local Performance Bicycle store this Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for our Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic. Our Spin Doctors will provide routine cleaning and maintenance techniques, expert tips & tricks, plus an overview of tools and gear every cyclist should have.

Don’t live near one of our stores and need some technical advice? Get in touch with our Spin Doctor Tech Support team by email or phone – they are always ready to help with your technical questions.

Spin Doctor Old Tools Quiz – Answers

Spin DoctorEarlier this week we posted a visual “old tools” quiz here on our blog – we had many responses, but here are the official answers from our head Spin Doctor, Gaynor. So how did you do?

Tool #1:

VAR 17 Spoke Nippers cut spoke ends that extend beyond the head of the nipple.

Tool #2:

Replacement ends for the VAR 370 headset race remover.

Tool #3:

Crank remover for cranks with stripped dust cap threads.

Tool #4:

Chain pliers. Cradle on the left holds chain & the pin on the right pushes the rivet out.

Tool #5:

Pliers for holding direct pull spokes (it keeps them from turning). 

Tool #6:

VAR freewheel vise.

Tool #7:

VAR, Campy and Shimano fork crown race removers. These grip the race from below the fork crown, and are then struck with a hammer to remove. 

Tool #8:

Alignment gauge for machined frame alignment table.   

Spin Doctor Old Tools Quiz

Spin DoctorOur head Spin Doctor, Gaynor, likes to create challenges to test the Spin Doctor mechanics in our stores. Last week he created this tricky “old tools” identification quiz, although perhaps “old” is the wrong word – let’s just call them “seldom-used”. In any case, we thought you might like to play along at home, so here are 8 images to test your obscure bike tool knowledge.

Post your answers (or guesses) in the comments below. We’ll even give you some hints to get started: Tool #2 is actually parts of a tool (think steering) and Tool #5 is not a 4th hand cable puller (think wheel). Good luck!

Tool #1:

Tool #2:

Tool #3:

Tool #4:

Tool #5:

Tool #6:

Tool #7:

Tool #8:

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