How To: Inflate a bicycle tire

Seems simple, but you'd be amazed at how many people don't know

How To Tires Video
Properly affixing your pump head to your valve stem is key to success.

Properly affixing your pump head to your valve stem is key to success.

Pumping up the tires on your bike is a pretty basic skill. But like any skill, you need someone to show you how to do it the first time. So if you don’t know, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. The first step is figuring out which type of valve you have on your bike. To learn how to do that and more watch this video from our friends at the Global Cycling Network.

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  • Doug from Alabama says:

    One trick that I found after having difficulties pumping air into my Presta valve tubes was to let a good bit of the air out of the tubes before trying to pump air into the tires. There will be less resistance to overcome in the tiny valve stem and even smaller valve core, meaning you will be less likely to bend or break those parts and out on a ride instead of replacing a useless tube while your cycling buddies ride off without you!

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