Readers ask: How To Remove A Rear Bicycle Tire Without Damaging The Derailleur?

Can you take the back wheel off a bike?

We have good news: Anyone can remove and install a rear wheel and it won’t affect the shifting or the chain. And if you work carefully, you won’t have to touch that greasy drivetrain either. Here’s how it’s done on any bicycle with derailleurs, from road bikes, to mountain bikes and any 2-wheelers in between.

Do I just need a wrench to remove bike tire?

If the tire contacts the brake pads, move the lever on the brake caliper to the open position. Low end bikes require a wrench to loosen the nuts on the axle. A closed end wrench, open end wrench of the proper size will work, or use an adjustable wrench.. If it’s a quick-release hub, none.

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