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How to: DIY bike maintenance

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Removing and reattaching the back wheel of your bicycle.

Pull the callipers up

Step 1: To remove the back wheel of your bike, first release the brake callipers: this is the mechanism above the back wheel, and it comes apart by separating the metal rod from one side and pulling one side up and away from the other.

engage lowest gear

Step 2: Ensure that the lowest gear is engaged.

pull out and spin the lever

Step 3: To remove back wheel, pull out and spin the lever on the opposite side to the gears.

Remove the wheel carefully

Step 4: Remove the back wheel carefully, and place the frame of the bike down so as not to damage the frame.

Let remaining air out of the tyre

Step 5: Remove the cap of the valve on the flat tyre and keep it somewhere safe. Depending on the type of valve you have, you may need to screw off the washer as well. Press the valve in to let all of the remaining air out of the tyre.

September/October 2010 issue of G magazine

Step 6: To fix the puncture see our detailed guide in the current September/October 2010 issue of G magazine, on sale from September 1.

clip-in the gears

Step 7: To reattach the rear wheel pull the gears out from the frame, bring the wheel into position and then clip-in the gears.

re-engage the gears properly

Step 8: Push the lever on the gears down to engage them properly.

Spin the lever

Step 9: Spin the lever on the opposite side to the gears clockwise to tighten. Then, you must ensure the lever is facing backwards so it doesn't get in the way when riding.

Check Air, Brakes and Cables and chains

Step 10: Reattach the brake callipers. Check air, brakes, cables and chains before getting back on to ride. And don't forget your helmet!

Jenny Fay

Thanks to the Clarence St Cyclery for their expert advice and use of their workshop facilities. Their new women’s store opened earlier this year, and they now hold regular free bicycle workshops.

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In the September/October 2010 issue of G magazine, we highlighted some quick and easy ways to care for your bike at home, including detailed instructions on fixing a puncture and lubricating your chain. This article is now available online from here.

For a quick guide on how to remove and reattach a rear wheel of a bike in order to fix that pesky back-wheel puncture, read on!

Click through our image gallery on the right for our step-by-step guide to removing and reattaching the back wheel of a bike.