How to fit a bike wheel

How to remove a bike wheel
(Image credit: Mick Kirkmann)

Getting the wheels off your bike is essential for compact packing and for repairing inner tubes, changing cassettes, adjusting bearings and other maintenance tasks. Things used to be relatively simple and tool-free when road bikes only ran quick-release axles in open dropouts (the tips of the fork and frame the wheel slides into) and brakes just clamped your rims.

Now bolt through axles have made the bike to wheel connection much more secure and disc brakes have added all-weather stopping safety but they do make removal and refitting slightly harder. 

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