5 Simple Steps to Fix a Flat Bike Tyre
Have you ever experienced going out for a bike ride with friends, and you suddenly end up getting a flat tyre? Getting a flat tyre is a very troublesome issue to fix, especially if you are already out riding and you get into this kind of problem while on the road.
It is always a good idea to make sure that you have emergency tools with you, so that when this happens, you can fix it right away and not have to wait for someone to pick you up before you can fix your tyre.
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Changing a flat tyre is easy. You just need to know how to do it, so that you do not have to have someone else do it. Actually it is so easy, you do not even have to ask for a professional to help you out.
Searching through the internet is a good option, but to save you all the time of having to look for some decent sources on how to fix the problem, here are all the steps that you can follow to fix your tyre problem.
How to Fix a Flat Tyre?
When going out for a bike ride, it is advisable that you check your tyres first before heading out. This is very easy because you have three options:
One: you can bring it to a gasoline station so that they can help you fill it back up again, Two: you can do it yourself at home manually and without the use of a pressure indicator.
And three, you can do everything yourself but this time with a pressure indicator to tell you the status of the tyre pressure.
It is completely normal for a tyre to deflate on its own over time, if the owner doesn’t use it, which is why you have to check it at least every 7 – 10 days to make sure that the pressure doesn’t run out.
If your tyre is flat because of something sharp, like a rock, a piece of glass or a nail, and there is a massive hole in the tube, you are going to have to purchase a new one because tyre patches are not advisable.
This can even make the situation worse if you choose to put patches on it. If you really do not know how to the tyre yourself, here’s how you can change your tyre appropriately:
Start with the back tyre (or the front, whichever feels more comfortable for you, but the back tyre would be more recommended to change first) if your bike does not have any gears attached;
Loosen the nuts and bolts from the chain sprocket. If you have gears attached, shift the gear to the highest and remove it from the sprocket.
Detach the brakes, by unhooking it and pulling the “noodle” or otherwise known as the two wires connected to the left and right brake. Unhook it to release the brake mechanism.
Remove the tyre, by pulling on the quick release lever and loosening the opposite side in a counter clockwise direction to five turns. If you do not have a stand, ask someone to lift the bike so you can pull the tyre out.
Or if you are by yourself, you can always turn the bike upside down so you can do the pulling yourself.
Deflate the tyre by pressing on the valve core with a fingernail or anything that is sharp enough to prick the valve core. Then take out the tyre from the rim.
Check for the cause of the flat by running a rag through the length of the tyre. If you do find a hole in it somewhere, do not patch it, as this will not do you any good. Make sure to buy a new one instead.
Tyre sealants can also come in handy when needed, and you just prefer not to spend for anything. You can find tyre sealants at any DIY store or a hardware store. These are very cheap, and it is very affordable.
You can buy an entire kit, to leave in your car so that when your bike goes on empty, it will be easy to patch things up rather than buy a new one. But despite the role of a tyre sealant kit, they should only be used for tyres that are still repairable and it is only a small hole.
You should not attempt to repair a hole that is larger than 6 mm in diameter. Tyre sealants only coat the inside of the tyres and often leaves a messy residue inside the tyre tube. Tyre sealants will only be able to restore your tyre temporarily, which is why sometimes you still need to buy a new one.
The residue that can be found in the sealants are also very hard to clean, and would often mean that you have to bring it to a bike shop so they can get rid of the residue.
Depending on the type of sealant and the type of tyre that you have, it will be easy for you to do this on your own, and without the need of a professional.
Before riding, it is always important to check your tyres. If you are already on the road, you can signal your friends to stop at a gas station so that you can check the pressure and check everything on your bike to ensure that you are safe to go out riding with friends. All in all, fixing a broken tyre is easy. You just need to master how to do it properly.