Bike Care – How to Take a Rear Wheel Off a Bike

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jason from Revolution Cycles demonstrates how to take the rear wheel of your bike.

    Revolution Cycles

    Revolution Cycles was originally established in Georgetown in 1997, and has since expanded to bring the owners’ more than 40 years of experience to three additional locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan region: First to the heart of Clarendon, and eventually arriving in Rockville, MD and Stafford, VA. Our customers come from all aspects of the cycling community, from children getting their first two-wheeler to the racer looking to upgrade; from couples considering their first new bike since college to the hard-working courier in need of a quick fix. Our customers are the backbone of our business and we appreciate the confidence they place in us to provide them with an outstanding experience. Our commitment to service and excellence has resulted, among numerous other awards, in our being named one of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ Top 100 Bicycle Dealer each year since the award’s inception in 2004. We are also honored to be the official bike shop for maintaining and acquiring bicycling equipment for the US Secret Service -- including the White House, Naval Observatory and Foreign Mission divisions. We provide the same services for several other law enforcement agencies including the US Capitol Police, The National Institute of Health, US Mint Police, George Washington University Police, sections of the National Park Service, and several local Washington metropolitan area police agencies. Thank you for your support and for giving us the opportunity to earn your business. Please check out our website for more information regarding the products we carry and our locations.

    Jeff: Hi! I am Jeff, I am a mechanic at Revolution Cycles.

    Today I am going to show you how to take your rear wheel off; this is really important in case you ever get a flat on the road, and there are a few vital steps that you need to go through.

    The first step is to make sure that you are in the smallest cog on the rear cassette; this will help in terms of getting the wheel off the chain. So, I am going to shift it all the way down, and you also have to make sure that you are pedaling while you do this.

    So, once youve already got the chain onto the smallest cog, what you want to do next is release the brake - and by doing this on this particular model, which is called the Linear Brake System, you want to pull on the noodle until the cable goes through the bridge on the brake arm. And once thats released, you will be able to remove the wheel. So, this is an alternate brake style; this is called a Road Brake Caliper, featured mostly on racing bikes and road bikes. So, the way that you disconnect this brake set is just by pulling on this cantilever, and then that opens the brake up, so that its wide enough that the tire will just slip out.

    So, this is another style of brakes; this is called a Cantilever Brake and basically what you do is, you pull the brake calipers together and you slip out the non-mounted side, and thats how you loosen the brake on the cantilever.

    The last step you want to do is, to pull on the quick release lever. Just take it directly out until you see, it says, Open. And after that you can remove the wheel by pulling on the rear derailleur and popping it out just like that.