Have you ever wondered how a factory mechanic would do a number of bike maintenance tasks? Well, wonder no longer. We have teamed up with former factory mechanic Scott Adkins of Pro SX MX Tech to show you exactly how the professional teams in the pits of Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross go about taking care of their rides.
Scotty's got credentials, too; he's worked as a mechanic on both series' for 12 years and wrenched with some top talent like Nick Wey, Ryan Sipes, Jeremy Martin, and Christophe Pourcel, to name a few. So sit back, relax, and in this installment you'll learn how to properly remove and install a new tire.
At a glance:
Remove the valve cap and stem.
Release the rim lock. A ratchet wrench really speeds things up for this.
Remove the tire from the seat on both sides by pushing down on the outside of the tire.
Take two tire irons and work the tire up over the rim. Leave one tire iron in place and continue to work the other tire iron around the tire.
Flip the tire over and repeat the same process on the other side.
Push the tire down and off the rim.
When ready to install your new tire go ahead and start on the disc side so you don’t injure your hands on the sharp sprocket.
Put baby powder into the tire, roll it around.
Install tube into the tire.
Put a little bit of air into the tube.
Lube the bead of the tire where the tire makes contact with the rim.
Make sure you’re putting the tire on in the proper direction.
Push the tire and tube onto the rim and then put a nut on the rim lock.
Get your tire irons and work with getting the bottom half of the tire onto the rim first.
Then to get the top of the tire in, start at the rim lock and push it in. Put your tire iron in at the rim lock location.
Then put your second tire iron in and start working it around while keeping the first tire iron in place.
Once all the way around it’s time to air up the tube to make sure the tire seats to the rim.
Put your valve stem in and air it back up to your desired pressure.
Now tighten up the rim lock and you’re done.
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