How to Remove a Rear Bicycle Tire

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Flat bike tires usually occur on the rear tire, watch an expert cyclist show how to remove a rear bicycle tire when changing a flat tire, in this free bicycle maintenance video.

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Flats are almost always on the rear wheel mainly because the rear wheel bears almost all of your weight, sixty percent is fat, and so therefore, don't be intimidated by the presence of gears. The quick release lever will operate the same way as the front. Brakes will unhook just as the front, so we'll start, we'll undo the brakes, as we did the front. We'll then realize we need to take this chain and shift it down to the smallest gear, which is the higher number on your shift lever if it is equipped with numbers. Lifting the bike up for a moment and pedaling after you've shifted down will bring the chain down to the smallest cog. Now we can actually open the quick release lever just as we did on the front. The next step is to just pull the dérailleur back and the wheel should drop right out. Now that the wheel is off I recommend that you just gently put the bike down. Again, I don't recommend working on bikes up side down, because it just damages things on the handlebars and by gently putting it down on the rear dérailleur you're not hurting anything, especially, as long as it's clean and you're not loading the thing up the chain with dirt.

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