How to Install a BMX Tire and Inner Tube

All the info you need to fit and change a BMX tire, inner tube and rim tape

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
  • 17MM SOCKET
  • TIRE LEVERS
  • PUMP

Step 1.

Release all the air from your tire.


Step 2.

Use the first tire lever by inserting between the tire and rim, making sure that it tucks nicely under the tire bead. Then fold down towards the wheel to pull the bead off the rim, securing the lever to a spoke.


Step 3.

Insert the second tire lever in the same way roughly 10 centimeters away from the first tire lever and repeat process to fold tire bead over rim edge.


Step 4.

Insert a third tire lever again in the same way roughly 10 centimeters away from either of the others. This time do not clip to a spoke and instead, slowly work around the rim until the tire is completely freed on one side.


Step 5.

Now the tire has been taken off one side you can remove the inner tube (if you're just changing an inner tube skip to step 8).


Step 6.

If you're changing the tire, you should be able to simply pull it off the wheel, if not repeat steps 2 to 4 until the tire is completely separated from the rim.


Step 7.

To reinstall the new tire, insert one side of the tire beading onto the rim until one side is completely on.


Step 8.

Ever so slightly inflate the inner tube, so it just about holds its shape, then insert it into the tire by first off-putting the valve in the rim valve hole and then working around the tire until the whole inner tube is in it.


Step 9.

Now push the remaining bead of the tire back onto the rim. You may need to use a tire lever to get the last bit on, in which case, be extra cautious not to pinch or trap the inner tube between the rim, tire or tire lever.


Step 10.

Once the tire is fully installed, pump the tire to your desired PSI. Always check the tire minimum and maximum pressure and do not exceed.