There is no cyclist who didn’t pump up their tires at least a couple of times in a month.
But not many cyclists found themselves in a situation where they need to deflate a bike tire. So in case you’ve found yourself in such a situation, it’s most likely you’ve asked yourself – how to deflate a bike tire, right?
Depending on the type of valve, you might not require any special tools to deflate a bike tire – and in this article, you’ll find the quickest and most efficient way to deflating a bike tire.
Why Should You Deflate a Bike Tire?
The number one reason why cyclists need to deflate bike tires is overpumping. Every tire has its safe pressure capacity which is usually written on the side of the tire.
Going over the limit can be dangerous, especially for road cyclists. Of course, hard rock tires provide less rolling resistance and therefore require you to put less effort into pedaling.
But on the other hand, you can end up in a ditch as a tire blows during the ride. This can easily happen in the summer due to the hot weather which affects the pressure of the tires.
Other than overpumping, there are quite a few reasons why a cyclist would want to deflate their tire, and here are a few examples:
- Changing the inner or outer tire to a different brand/type
- Easier transportation of a bike to events
- Easier removal of a wheel without unclipping the V-brakes
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons, so don’t find this to be a weird request. Instead, read on as you will find out more about valve types and what does it take to deflate a bike tire.
3 Most Common Valve Types
Before taking the action and deflating your tire, there’s one important thing you should check out.
It’s your valve type. There are 3 most common valve types:
Depending on the type of bike you own and a type of a tire you have on your bike – you most likely rely on one of these valves.
In some situations, your two tires might be using two different valves. But set fear aside and continue to the rest of the article to find out how to deflate your tire!
How to Deflate a Bike Tire
As you probably understand by now, it’s important to know your valve type before proceeding. Once you know your valve type, here’s what you need to do.
In order to deflate a bike tire that uses a Presta valve, you should simply undo the small ring at the top of the valve.
Once you undo the small ring at the top of the valve, all you have to do is press down on the valve. This will let the air out of the tire.
A great thing about the Presta valve is that you have full control over the amount of air you’d like to let out of the tire.
Presta valve is commonly used for road bike tires, and we all know that these tires can take a high pressure of air. Therefore, don’t let the air noise scare you as you press on the valve.
Schrader valve is one of the most common valves and the chances are you’ve seen it before. It’s very common to see the Schrader valve being used for mountain bike tires – but also vehicle tires such as car tires.
Schrader is a larger valve that has a needle in the middle of the valve. Once you press on the needle, the air will start flowing out of the tire.
However, if you have larger fingers, it might be tricky to press down the needle in the middle of the Schrader valve.
Instead, we recommend using any pointy tool that won’t damage the valve and yet will help you out. For example, we like using a pen.
Just like the Presta valve – the longer you press down on the valve, the more air you will let out.
Woods valve is actually a valve that has been made only for bicycles. Unfortunately, it’s a two-piece valve which means once you take one piece out, the air will start flowing out and you won’t have the control over the amount of air you’d like to preserve.
But on the other hand, this is one of the easiest valves to use for the purpose of deflating your bike tire since you won’t have to press down on the valve.
Removing a ring-like circle and pulling out the valve is all you have to do.
We’ve all been at the point where we had to learn how to deflate a bike tire. Whether you’ve tried out a new pump and you accidentally overpumped the tire or you simply had to remove the tire (even though it isn’t punctured).
It might take you a couple of tries to get used to different valve types – but no matter which valve type your bike has, you won’t have problems deflating your bike tire.
What is the reason you need to deflate your bike tire? Do you know any technique that might make deflation easier?
Feel free to leave a comment down below and let me know if you have any questions!