How fast can you change an inner tube? We had a race to find out

BikeRadar takes on Haynes in final showdown

See how BikeRadar fared against Haynes' top mechanic

How fast do you reckon it's possible to change a bicycle inner tube? We pitted our fastest staffer Jack Luke against Haynes' top mechanic Chaz Curry to find out who was fastest and to mark the launch of the new BikeRadar and Haynes Road Bike Manual app.

Naturally a race needs rules, so we stipulated that it had to be a 700c road wheel with a tyre of 28mm or less, and the time needed to include the whole process from start to finish, including wheel removal and reinstallation, and pumping the the tyre back up to 80psi.

Watch the video to find out how we (and Chaz) got on.

Want to learn more about fixing your bike? BikeRadar has teamed up with Haynes to release The Road Bike Manual app for iOS and Android, a comprehensive guide to maintaining your bike. Get it on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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