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Popping noise when inflating tube - tire bead seating?

Old 07-28-20, 06:17 PM
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Popping noise when inflating tube - tire bead seating?

I decided to practice changing out an inner tube in my living room, rather than learning on the side of a trail. Everything went fine - I deflated the tube, levered off the tire, pulled out the tube, put a little air into it to give it some shape, and then put it all back together.

As I was re-inflating the tube, there were several distinct "popping" noises on the way up to the final pressure. Everything looks fine, the tube's holding pressure, and I've been on several rides since then with no issues. I'm just curious about the pops because none of the tube-changing guides I've read or videos I've watched led me to expect them. The bike's new, so this is probably the first time the tire's been off the rim - was I just hearing the bead seating into place?
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Old 07-28-20, 06:47 PM
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Perhaps just the bead seating. Might help if you could include make/type of tire, wheel and bike.

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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Perhaps just the head seating. Might help if you could include make/type of tire, wheel and bike.
The bike is a Trek Domane SL5, the wheels are Bontrager Affinity TLR alloys in 21mm width, and the tires are 700x35 Bontrager R1.
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Old 07-28-20, 07:05 PM
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Yes, probably just the bead popping into place.
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Most modern bikes like the Domane (All road, endurance road, gravel, Etc.) come equipped with tubeless-ready wheels and/or tires but come set up with tubes. Generally then inflating the tire after it's been unseated or removed, it will make a loud snapping sound when the tire bead seats.
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Old 07-28-20, 07:17 PM
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The tire can make noise as it seats onto the rim, the tube makes noise moving around in the tire as it inflates. I use a little talcum powder in my hand as a lube, pull the whole length of the tube through my fingers all the way around. Install the tube, seat the tire bead with my fingers. Pump up enough to fully seat the bead. Valve should want to point straight, if not deflate and fix that. Check all around both sides, look for even seating of the tire bead. If all OK, then pump full. Then let out all the air, pump up again. Sounds a lot more complicated than it is to actually do it.
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