Popping noise after changing tube - no loss in pressure?
Yeah, as you probably guessed I am new at this; I did search the forum but I couldn't find a similar problem posted so I'll just ask:
I just changed my tires and tubes. After pumping up the tire, I heard 3 distinct popping sounds. The tube didn't lose pressure, so I don't think it's a pinch flat (I don't know if they even make noise). Could it just be the tube adjusting? Is this normal or is it possible that I did a poor job and wrinkled up the tube somewhere?
'89 Fuji Saratoga, '97 Schwinn Mesa SS, '07 Felt F1X, '10 Transition TransAM, '11 Soma Analog SS
The noise you heard could be a lot of things. What was the sound like? What type of pump did you use? Could be the bead seating. Could be the spokes changing tension. Maybe the tube was slightly pinched but was able to escape when air was added or just the tube un-twisting.
Try putting a small amount of air in the tube before mounting. This will make the job easier and help avoid twists and wrinkles. Too much air will make the job harder instead of easier. On a road bike the right amount is about what you can blow into the tube with your mouth.