How to Put Solid Rubber Inner Tubes Into Bicycle Tires

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Solid rubber inner tubes are a common option for children's bikes, touring bikes, and any other bicycle that is put under an abnormal amount of stress at the tires. With solid rubber inner tubes, there is no worry of flat tires from rocks, pins, nails, glass or any other usual flat-causing objects, saving your ride from unnecessary walks and the frustration of changing a tire on the side of the road. Keep your bicycle running over any terrain by installing solid rubber inner tubes.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Solid rubber inner tubes
  • Bicycle
  • Basic wrench set
  • Two tire levers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set your bicycle in a work stand or upside down on its handlebars and seat so that it will not fall over with the wheels removed. Using a 15mm wrench or quick release skewer, remove the wheels from the bicycle.

  2. 2

    Deflate the tires currently being used by pressing on the air valve of each tire until all of the air comes out. Using your hands, or a tire lever if necessary, pull the tire and tube off of each wheel and set the tubes aside. These may be recycled at your local bicycle shop, or kept for emergency uses.

  3. 3

    Set one bead of each tire back onto the rim, so that one side of the tire is hanging off, and the inside of the tire may be accessed easily. Use your hands to work each of the solid rubber inner tubes into the tire completely.

  4. 4

    Using only your hands at first, set the second bead of each tire in place on the rim. On some tire/rim configurations, this will be exceptionally easy, and on others exceptionally hard. If at any point it is to difficult to put the tire on by hand, use a tire lever to wedge it into place.

  5. 5

    Replace the wheels on the bicycle with a 15mm wrench or quick release, and take the bike for a test ride.

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