10. Make sure your stands are sturdy


While this may sound painfully obvious, you need to trust the stands that will be supporting your bike while the wheels are off. It’s so much harder to put a bike back on stands with the wheels off than it is with the wheels on. So, make sure the stands line up with the spools in the rear and with either the fork bottom or steering stem (depending on type of front stand you use). If not, make adjustments to the stands before you pull the wheels. For cruisers and other bikes that don’t use front and rear stands, make sure the bike is properly secured to the jack you’re using. Tie-down straps and wooden wedges can help keep wobbles from tempting fate.