There’s nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. Especially if you’re a cyclist and you’re miles away from home. Knowing how to fix a flat bike tire is a crucial skill that every cyclist should have.
Step 1: Assess the Damage
The first step is to assess the damage. Identify the location of the puncture or tear by looking and feeling around the tire. Make sure to remove any debris that may be lodged in the tire.
Step 2: Remove the Wheel
Remove the wheel from the bike. If you’re unsure how to do this, refer to your owner’s manual. It’s important to do this step properly to avoid damaging your bike.
Step 3: Release the Air
Release the air from the tire by depressing the valve stem. Keep your fingers on the tire to feel for any punctures or tears that may have caused the flat.
Step 4: Remove the Tire
Using a tire lever, remove the tire from the rim. Insert the lever under the tire bead and lift it up and over the rim. Repeat this process around the entire tire until it comes off.
Step 5: Inspect the Inner Tube
Remove the inner tube from the tire and inspect it for the puncture or tear. It’s important to make sure there are no other punctures or tears in the tube as well.
Step 6: Patch or Replace Inner Tube
If the puncture is small, you can patch the inner tube. If it’s too big or if there are multiple punctures, you’ll need to replace the tube. Make sure to use the correct size tube for your tire.
Step 7: Reinstall the Inner Tube
Reinstall the inner tube into the tire. Make sure it’s properly aligned and not twisted.
Step 8: Reinstall the Tire
Reinstall the tire onto the rim by starting at the valve stem and working your way around the tire. Use your hands to push the tire bead onto the rim. If you’re having trouble, you can use the tire lever to help.
Step 9: Inflate the Tire
Inflate the tire to the correct pressure. The correct pressure can be found on the sidewall of the tire. Make sure to use a pump with a gauge to ensure you’re inflating the tire properly.
Step 10: Reinstall the Wheel
Reinstall the wheel back onto the bike. Make sure it’s properly aligned and secure.
Fixing a flat bike tire can seem like a daunting task, but with these easy steps, you’ll be back on the road in no time. Remember to always carry a spare tube and tire lever with you in case of a flat tire emergency.