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hebe2012-05-29 21:18:56 +0000 #1
I've done a first dry run of taking out and replacing the front inner tube. It went ok, I think, although it took ages and several viewings of videos and reading of threads on here. Here's my question - assuming that you're fixing a puncture or replacing a tube whilst out on a ride - do you turn the bike upside-down or just lay it on its side? The one that I did in my garage was with the bike upside-down but it's such hard work trying to flip it over without clanging anything on the handlebar. Thank you
OakLeaf2012-05-29 21:34:06 +0000 #2
Definitely on its side, derailleur side up, for just that reason. Even if you don't have a computer, bell, etc., you don't want to risk damaging the cables.
hebe2012-05-29 22:05:11 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

Definitely on its side, derailleur side up, for just that reason. Even if you don't have a computer, bell, etc., you don't want to risk damaging the cables.

Thank you!
ny biker2012-05-29 22:24:31 +0000 #4
For a front wheel, I might put the bike on its side, but for a rear wheel change I find it easier to get the wheel on and off with the bike upside-down. But then I generally don't have trouble turning the bike upside-down -- that's also how I clean and lube the chain.

If you do have it upside-down, make sure you get anything you need out of the bike bag(s) while it's still upright.
OakLeaf2012-05-29 21:33:24 +0000 #5
Actually, for either wheel, it's much easier to take it off with the bike upright, supporting the seat stay or seatpost (for the rear wheel) or the handlebars/stem (for the front wheel) with your other hand, then lay the bike down on its side after the wheel is off. With the bike upright, the rim stays aligned in the brakes, the quick-release stays aligned in the dropouts, and (for the rear wheel) the chain stays aligned in the derailleur and the cassette. Once you turn the bike any way except the way that it's supposed to be ridden, everything gets off kilter and it's much harder to lift the wheel out cleanly.

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