How to Release the Front Tire on a Townie Bike
Townie bicycles are a specific line through the Electra bike company. Townie bicycles are designed to be town tourers and cruiser bicycles. Some models come with baskets, which are made to cart groceries and other urban-style errands. Townie bicycles have a quick-release lever on the front wheel to make inner tube changes easier. Releasing the front tire requires unhooking the brakes and using the quick release.
Turn the bicycle upside down so it rests on the seat and handlebars. Reach down to the brake and grip it so the cable fid--the metal and rubber gasket at the end of the cable--releases off the brake cradle. Let the brakes pop open.
Grip the quick-release lever--the metal lever in the center of the wheel--and push it so it is perpendicular to the bicycle. Turn it counter-clockwise until you feel the release loosen and the wheel has slack off the frame wheel fork.
Grip the wheel and pull up, bringing the axle out of the frame's fork. Push the brakes farther apart to make room for the wide tire as you remove the wheel from the bicycle.
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.