Removing and reinstalling the rear wheel on a tadpole trike can be a bit challenging … more so than it is on a diamond frame bicycle. This is mainly due to the extra weight of a trike over a bike and the fact that things seem to be a bit more compact, especially if you have a 20 inch rear wheel. Here are a couple of videos showing how to do this on a bicycle as well as on a tadpole trike. Basically it is the same procedure for either one.

The Bicycleman dealership has produced a video showing and explaining how to remove and reinstall a rear wheel in a tadpole trike which is equipped with a rear derailleur. Their video title says that the video is about changing a flat tire, but the video doesn’t even touch on that.

Notice that he does not say anything about shifting the front derailleur onto the smallest chainring. It does make it easier so I would highly recommend it. Also notice that in both of these videos the cycles are in work stands which makes it far more easier than trying to do it sitting alongside of the road or trail. Ideally it is best to have some means of holding the back of the trike up while removing the rear wheel and while it remains removed. Otherwise the rear derailleur and chain will be sitting on the ground. Most trike riders are not going to be carrying some sort of portable work stand along with them so this can be a challenge. One solution would be to tip the trike over on it’s left side while the rear wheel is off. I personally carry along with me a package of wet wipes to clean my hands if and when I get oil or dirt on them while performing repairs. Doing so will help us to …


Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (


  1. Thanks to two Steves, I now ride a tadpole—and if I continue to pay attention, will someday no longer be a “noob.”

  2. Note that the drop-outs on the race bicycle in the first video clip face towards the rear of the bike, as compared to the drop-outs on the trike, which face downwards towards the ground. This makes a significant difference in ease of removal. With downward facing drop-outs, there is greater potential for dĂ©railleur interference. With rearward facing drop-outs, the removal is easier, although with that type, if the quick-release were ever to come loose, there is nothing but the chain tension holding the wheel in place. At least with a trike’s downward facing drop-outs, this scenario cannot occur.

    1. You are so right, Steve. Thanks for your observation and pointing that out. Truly removing the rear wheel of a trike can be far more difficult than what that video showed.

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