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How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi,

This is probably a silly question, but I thought I had a quick release (the metal piece by the middle of the wheel) which would allow me to removed the tire easily. Well, it hasn't done that so maybe I'm doing somethign wrong. What are the necessary steps to removing the tire, and then putting it back on?

Thanks for your time.

Mike
post #2 of 8

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Hi Mike


What seems to be the problem?

Which wheel are you having problems with?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Hi, I just picked up this bike off craigslist. the front tire is rubbing up against one side of the breaks. I want to take the tire off, loosen the breaks a bit, and then put the tire back on (I have to turn the tire around anyway because the bike computer piece on the spokes is backwards.)

Thanks


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Originally Posted by Fat t-cube View Post
Hi Mike


What seems to be the problem?

Which wheel are you having problems with?
post #4 of 8

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Lossen off the quick release but also release the brake cable from on top of the v brakes to allow the brake blocks to part away from the wheels rim. If all is loose then you should have no problems getting the wheel off, if the brakes are badly adjusted make your adjustments after the wheel has been put back on.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Thanks for your help.

I will give that a shot. If I have a hard time I will bring it to my LBS and ask them to fix it.
post #6 of 8

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

V Brakes also have a little phillips head adjustment screw. This adjusts the tension that side of the V Brake is under. Screw it in slightly and it will pull that side of the brake out. Of course this moves the other side the same amount.
post #7 of 8

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Open the quick release. Then, for the front wheel, unscrew the skewer a little bit (usually at least a few turns) to release the wheel from the dropouts. If the wheel is still stuck, make sure that the breaks are open. Should come right out. If you feel like your wheel is centered between the front fork, and your breaks are rubbing, your breaks might just be crooked. The entire break can usually move a little from left to right without having to unscrew/loosen anything.

If it is your rear wheel that you are having trouble removing, you probably don't have to unscrew the skewer after opening the quick release, but you will have to take the chain off the rear cogs. Depending on your rear derailleur, this could be a little different, but it almost always helps to have the chain in the smallest cog.

When you put your wheel back on, make sure that it is on tightly enough. Closing your quick release lever should take some muscle (enough to create an impression in your hand) but not so much that you really have to struggle.

Oh, and when you put your wheel back on, remember that quick release levers are typically put on the non-drive side (you probably already knew that . . . ).
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Re: How do I remove a tire on a trek 7.2 FX?

Thank you for the details. This is the front tire and having opened the quick release it left a big impression on my hand. It was extremely tight. The wheel is now off, and it's time to fix the breaks and put the tire back on.

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Originally Posted by CalicoCat View Post
Open the quick release. Then, for the front wheel, unscrew the skewer a little bit (usually at least a few turns) to release the wheel from the dropouts. If the wheel is still stuck, make sure that the breaks are open. Should come right out. If you feel like your wheel is centered between the front fork, and your breaks are rubbing, your breaks might just be crooked. The entire break can usually move a little from left to right without having to unscrew/loosen anything.

If it is your rear wheel that you are having trouble removing, you probably don't have to unscrew the skewer after opening the quick release, but you will have to take the chain off the rear cogs. Depending on your rear derailleur, this could be a little different, but it almost always helps to have the chain in the smallest cog.

When you put your wheel back on, make sure that it is on tightly enough. Closing your quick release lever should take some muscle (enough to create an impression in your hand) but not so much that you really have to struggle.

Oh, and when you put your wheel back on, remember that quick release levers are typically put on the non-drive side (you probably already knew that . . . ).
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