How to remove the back wheel from the bike

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It is one of the simplest operations but it is necessary when you have a flat, you want to replace the tire or even the sprockets. Because we received more emails asking us for a tutorial on this subject we have created this article.

No matter what the system is (quick release or with nuts) the principle is the same with a few variations.

Step 1: put the bike upside down. If you do this on a hard surface be sure to protect the saddle and the handlebar with a plastic sheet or some kind of paper.

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Step 2: position the rear derailleur on the smallest sprocket.

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Step 3: open the quick release or unscrew the nuts. If your bike comes with V-brakes be sure to open them too so that the wheel can come out.

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Step 4: pull the wheel up while holding the frame seat stay with one hand.

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Step 5: pull the derailleur’s cage up to facilitate the removal of the wheel.

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Step 6: pull the wheel to the right while holding the cage stretched.

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Step 7: after fixing the problem you need to put the wheel back. Start again with the derailleur’s cage.

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Step 8: fix the chain on the last sprocket (you should not have played with the shifter in the meantime).

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Step 9: let the wheel come on to its position on the frame. It will come in easily. Pay special attention so that the disc is positioned between the brake pads.

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Step 10: tighten the quick release to the interior (or the nuts if it is the case). It has to be placed such that it allows a complete lock. If you have V-Brakes put them back in their original position.

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