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Location: Portland, Or.
Bikes: Surly Crosscheck fixed & 1 geared, & a DeSalvo Ti roadie
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Definitely. You'll need a few tire irons and a decent bike pump.
To change a tire do the following:
* Let all the air out of the current tire/tube
* Use a tire iron to unhook the tire from the rim and slide one side completely off
* Remove the tube
* Remove the other side of the tire
* Remembering to get the rotational direction of the tire correct, put one side of the tire back on the rim
* Install new tube
* start at the valve stem and work the other side of the tire back on the rim moving away from the valve stem. Use your hands to really work the tire on the rim, depending on the rim/tire combination it can be really tight or done completely by hand
* Use the tire iron to assist in sliding the tight spot back on the rim
* Use your pump to put just a little air in the tire... not too much, maybe 2 pumps
* "seat" the tire into the lip of the rim. It's called a "clincher" tire for a reason... don't get the tube stuck between the tire & rim or it will pinch and put a hole in the tube. Rock the tire back & forth on the rim to make sure there are no pinches.
* Fully inflate tire (to whatever PSI is recommended for your particular tire, usually 80-110 PSI)
Forgot to mention, you're also required to ride at least one cross race on any new cross bike. Especially when you post it in the Cyclocross forum
Last edited by superjohnny; 09-01-09 at 04:35 PM.