3 Easy Tricks to Better Mountain Bike Tyres

Remove your tyres, find the right pressure with ease, and more.


Bicycling Staff |

UPDATED: Remove your tyres, find the right pressure with ease, and more. – By Bicycling Staff

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Illustrations by Ryan Quickfall
Illustrations by Ryan Quickfall

No tyre levers? No problem.

One Simple Tyre Trick That Will Change Your Life

Before you attempt to pull the tyre off the wheel, work your way around the tyre, pinching the sidewalls together as you go. This allows the bead to fall into the center of the rim where the diameter is smallest, so you’ll have more room to maneuver the bead over the rim with just your hands.

No More Fumbling With Rear Flats!

Before removing your rear wheel, shift the chain into the smallest cog in the cassette. Reinstalling the wheel is then as simple as placing the chain back onto the same cog.

Why it works: It positions the chain and cog to center the wheel between the dropouts (where the skewer rests), making it go in easily.

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MTB Tyre Pressure Made Easy

Individual preferences, terrain, and tyre type play a role in finding the ideal pressure, but here’s a simple formula to get you started:

Step One

If tyres are tubeless:

Your body weight x 2.2 ÷ 7 = x

If tyres have tubes:

Your body weight x 2.2 ÷ 6 = x

Step Two

Front-tyre pressure = x – 1 (PSI)

Rear-tyre pressure = x + 2 (PSI)

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