Introduction to wheels and tyres

Welcome to the introductory video to our wheels and tyres section. In this video we explain wha our detailed videos are going to cover; the different types of valves and pumps, CO2 inflators, whether to go tubed or tubeless, the different kinds of wheel release mechanisms, even how to know which way your tyre needs to rotate and much more.

Video Transcript

Introduction to wheels and tyres

Hello, and welcome to this series that’s going to cover all things wheels and tyres. After the jingle, we’re going to talk about everything that you’re going to learn in this series. And the thing that we really want to make apparent from the start is that we’re going to assume no knowledge whatsoever from you. You may have been cycling for many, many years and have good knowledge about cycling and bikes in general. But tyre and wheel technology has changed beyond all recognition over the years.


We want to approach this from a very basic standpoint so you have the absolute confidence to be able to carry out these tasks and enjoy riding your bike and not having to worry about getting a puncture and all those bits and pieces so we’re going to discuss everything On a very basic level, so hope you enjoy them.


What we’re going to cover in this series of tutorials, well, there’s a lot so, I’ve actually had to write them down as I can’t remember them all off the top of my head.


  • We’re going to talk about all the different types of pumps that are available. Now that might sound obvious, but we want to talk about pumps that will cover high volume tyres, low volume tyres, track pumps, pumps that you travel with. We’re going to cover everything there. We’re going to demystify all the pumps that you see out on the market
  • Also co2 inflators, using carbon dioxide. We’re going to show you how to use the co2 inflator effect Typically, what the benefits are, and also the common mistakes with co2 inflators as well. So we’re going to be covering that.
  • We’re going to talk about the difference between tubed and tubeless systems. We get asked this a lot in store, you know, what are the advantages of tubeless. So we’re going to discuss that.
  • And then also carrying on the tubeless theme, how to top up your tubeless tyre sealant on a regular basis – when to do it and how to do it.
  • Then, next thing, what might sound daft but how all the different types of interfaces work within a bike. It used to be that there used to just be the quick release wheel or the bolted wheel. Now we have thru-axles and all of these different types of interfaces on the bike. So we want you to be comfortable irrespective of whether it’s a bolt through axle like on this bike, or a traditional quick release style like we’ve got on this bike. So we’re going to be covering all of that with you
  • Then how to remove and reinstall your wheel back into the frame. Again, sounds obvious, but there are so many people that we come across who are frightened, particularly on the back end of the bike. We want to again demystify this want to make it so you’re confident to be able to take your wheel in and out of the bike, and know that it’s going to be safe for you to carry on riding.
  • Next thing is how to seat your tyre. So again, modern tyres onto modern rims require to be seated correctly. Again, we see so many bikes come in for service at Criterium Cycles where folk have ridden their bike with their tyres not seated. So rather than riding on the actual tyre rib itself, actually riding on the tyre carcass. Now this isn’t great for the tyre, but also can really give you a poor ride quality. So we’re going to show you how to do that.
  • We’re going to also how to check your tyre pressures and the importance of getting the right tyre pressure.
  • And then the final thing is, with modern tyres now actually having rotational directions, something again, a lot of people aren’t familiar with so want to make sure that you’re happy with how to find which direction the tyre needs to be rotating and the best ways of ensuring that when you refit the tyre you’re putting it in the right direction.
  • Then how wheel’s have changed. So we find, again, a lot of people coming to us saying that tyres are just getting tighter, tyres are getting harder and harder to remove. It’s not the case a lot of the time it’s technique. There are tyres that have more tolerance than others and are tighter than others. But a lot of the time it’s actually down to technique and understanding modern wheel and tyre systems. So again we’re going to demystify and show you how to do that effectively so you’re competent to do that.


The final thing will be general sort of hints and tips on how to make it easier for you to remove the wheel from the bike. So on disc brake bikes or calliper style brake bikes, what to do with those braking systems. Also, it can really make a difference which gear the bike is in, that will allow, particularly obviously the back end of the bike, the back wheel to be removed easier, and also different derailleur manufacturers. SRAM has got a locking system that makes it really easy to remove the rear wheel, we’re going to show you how to do that.


And also, a lot of gravel bikes and mountain bikes, their rear derailleur has a clutch system built into it. Again, if you’re not familiar with the clutch system, it can make it almost impossible for you to remove the rear wheel. So we’re going to go through all of this. So just gives you the confidence to be able to do these things (a) at home, but (b) if you get a puncture out on the out on the road.


So just going through that list you can see that there is a tonne of stuff that we’re going to get through. So again, please stay tuned, watch all the videos and hopefully by the end of it, you’d be really confident to be able to change a tyre, repair out on the trail or out on the road and have confidence being able to do it.


So thanks so much indeed for watching this tutorial so far, and we hope you enjoy the rest of the videos. Stay tuned. Thank you