How to change your tyres at home

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Tyre changes are quite easy to do at home if you have the right tools.

A purpose-made bead breaker will get the tyre off the rim, and once the rubber is in the 'well' of the wheel, good quality tyre levers for about £10 a pair, and rim protectors for a fiver along with muscle power should get the tyre off the rim.

Plenty of lubricant is crucial to getting the new tyre on.

A thick, soapy solution of liquid hand-soap and water is good.

A bit of carpet is handy to protect the brake discs and your knees and access to a compressor (a garage forecourt is fine) to get the sidewalls to seat evenly on the rim. Don't forget to reset the pressure.


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Marc Abbott

By Marc Abbott