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Old 09-10-02, 11:37 AM
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You shouldn't need to deflate the tire to remove the wheel.

Most (all?) V-brakes have a quick release mechanism. The brake cable runs through a little metal tube as it enters the brake. The lower end of that tube has a raised lip on it. The lip hooks into a a little armature, which in turn is connected with a hinge to the top of one of the brake arms. If this doesn't make any sense to you, take a look at your brakes.

Squeeze the two brake arms together with one hand so that the pads contact the rim. This chould disengage the lip at the end of the tube from the armature. Swing the armature downward from the hinge. This disconnects the brakes from one another and should give you plenty of room to remove the wheel without deflating the tire.

When you put the tire back on, just reconnect the armature to the metal tube.

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