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Old 07-17-10, 08:11 PM   #1
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How do I replace the inner tube on a bike with a rear hub?

Please pardon this completely noob question!
I have a 1970 Raleigh Sports which I use to commute to and from work a couple times a week. The other day after filling my rear tire with some air it went flat. This was probably a result of over-inflation as I did not check the pressure. It's not completely flat, it's still holding some air but I'm afraid to make the 8 mile commute to work with an iffy tire. I want to change the inner tube, but I don't know how to go about removing a tire with a rear hub. Any advise? Thanks!
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Sheldon Brown's web site contains all the information somewhere.

1. Mark the how far the barrel connector for the shifter is threaded.
2. Unscrew the barrel connector for the shifter
3. Loosen the axle bolts
4. Remove the wheel
5. Remove the tire
6. Change the tube
7. Install the tire
8. Reinstall the wheel
9. Inflate the tire
10. Tighten the axle bolts
11. Re-thread the barrel connector for the shifter
12. Check the adjustment of the barrel connector
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Thanks for the quick reply! I'll give it a whirl
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You're welcome. More questions are better than being stuck.
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Hi, Duchess, and welcome to C&V:

I am in Chicago, on the NW side near Lincoln Square. I too have a Raleigh Sports (Ladies) which I have only begun to delve into. There are far more knowledgeable people around but if you are near here and would like some help with the tube/tire I would be glad to assist. My son and I will likely be working on bikes much of tomorrow (Sunday). Just PM me if I may be of service.
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Sometimes it's simpler to patch the tube without removing the wheel.
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Sometimes it's simpler to patch the tube without removing the wheel.
People still don't believe me when I tell them that...I guess they have all be spoiled by that modern technology...quick release wheels

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People still don't believe me when I tell them that...I guess they have all be spoiled by that modern technology...quick release wheels
I used to do that on my '74 Raleigh LTD-3 too! The front wheel was the real PITA to get out of the fork.....those things took a LOT of force to spread properly.
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I used to do that on my '74 Raleigh LTD-3 too! The front wheel was the real PITA to get out of the fork.....those things took a LOT of force to spread properly.
Yup...
I learned to do it on a Schwinn Heavy Duty. You DID NOT want to unload all those papers just to patch a tire. Flat tires weren't uncommon on those bikes, that was back before kevlar belted tires. We did run "thorn proof" tubes though.

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Sometimes it's simpler to patch the tube without removing the wheel.
SHHHHHHH. Are you gonna share ALL our secrets?
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Sometimes it's simpler to patch the tube without removing the wheel.
Thanks for the tip! I've been eyeing a Rema Bike Patch kit, I think I'll order it. Don't want to wait for the shipment so I'll just do it the hard way since I already bought the tube and a pressure gauge so this doesn't happen again.

Chicago Al: Thanks for the offer! Unfortunately I read your post too late. :-/
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You've probably already found it but if you're new to Raleighs, you HAVE to check out this site;
http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/index.html
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Success!

I was able to replace the inner tube without having to detaching the tire completely. Thanks again for your help guys!
Turns out my old tube was made in England and had rust on it! I wonder old how old it was.
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Success!

I was able to replace the inner tube without having to detaching the tire completely. Thanks again for your help guys!
Turns out my old tube was made in England and had rust on it! I wonder old how old it was.
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Success!

I was able to replace the inner tube without having to detaching the tire completely. Thanks again for your help guys!
Turns out my old tube was made in England and had rust on it! I wonder old how old it was.
Probably as old as your bike. Yours is a '70, yes? If you've never replaced a tube, I wouldn't be surprised if it's original.
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I replaced the tubes and tire on my 72ish DL-1 and they were all original-- for safety reasons, they are all replaced now.

I tend to have trouble aligning my wheel with the proper tension in the dropouts after I remove the rear wheel, but my rod brakes tell me right away that something is not quite right when I go off to ride again.
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I have seen people do that but never tried it myself. I usually carry a spare tube or two on the road and patch them when I get home though.
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Here's what I'd recommend to the OP - take it to the local bike shop and have them repair/replace the tube.
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Sometimes is faster to replace the wheel.
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I have seen people do that but never tried it myself. I usually carry a spare tube or two on the road and patch them when I get home though.
If you have a loaded bike that weighs in at close to 200# with most of that being 110 carefully rolled and banded newspapers, and the wheels are bolted on...you learn how to repair a puncture without removing the wheel very quickly. Also if the papers are more than 30 minutes late the sweet, (NOT) little old ladies will start calling circulation and then they will come out and hunt you down! Too many calls and you would lose your route for being undependable. Most of us had back up bikes to our Schwinn Heavy Dutys.

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