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How to Change a Rear Flat Tire on Your Road Bike

If you ride a bike enough, there is a good chance you will hit a pothole or pick up a nail or a piece of glass in one of your tires. Bicycle flats can be frustrating, and yet changing one is a simple process that can be done in about ten minutes.

Changing a rear flat can be a little tricky, but like everything, the more you practice the better you will get at it. Don’t wait until you are stuck on the road to learn how.

Here are the quick steps to changing a rear flat on a multi geared bike:

  1. Shift gears to the highest gear to move the chain to the smallest rear cog.
  2. Open up the brake.
  3. Take the wheel off.
  4. Take the tire and the tube off.
  5. Inspect the tire to try to find what caused the flat.
  6. Install the spare tube and the tire.
  7. Replace the wheel.

Need more detail? Vilano Bikes made a great video on changing a rear flat on a multi geared bike. Check it out:


Preparing for a flat in the first place helps too. Keep spare tubes around. Ride with a repair kit and tire patches, tire levers and a mini pump. Make sure your bike tires are properly inflated in the first place, as this can help prevent pinch flats.

A flat tire shouldn't keep you off your bike for long!

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