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Step 3: Break the bead on both sides. Use your hands to break the bead by pushing downward on the sidewalls. If too difficult to perform by hand, try using a tire spoon to leverage downward. If that also fails, stand with one foot on each side of the tire and press down and inward with your bodyweight. Make sure to spread the weight as evenly as possible on opposite edges to avoid bending the sprocket or brake rotor. Flip the tire back to the sprocket-side-down position when both sides have been popped.