Bleeding knuckles, obscenities, sweat and frustration. Just a few of the delights that go hand in hand with changing a tyre in the comfort of your own garage. Take it out onto a wet muddy trail and you're in a different league.
It can be one of the most painful experiences for new riders as they get to know their bike. But it doesn't have to be.
Recently Northumbria TRF put on a tyre changing workshop as part of their monthly meeting. Tony Whitehead, a regular on the enduro and rally circuit demonstrated what he has learned over the years.
Tony's top tips
Find a place to change your tube a - large rock or tree stump makes a handy stand for the bike
Make sure you have the right tools
A cheap set of spanners will do the job, save your decent kit for the garage
Buy good quality tyre levers, 300mm long (3 of them), strap them to your handlebars. Long levers make tyre changing much easier and quicke
Get levers which have a hook arrangement to make things even easier