If you’re someone who rides a bike, you will have a flat tyre at some point. Therefore, it is always best that all beginners are prepared for when they get a flat tyre.
You need to bring the right tools and know-how to fix a flat tyre in the middle of anywhere. If you are not prepared, you will have to walk back a long way. Some small tips and suggestions work for most beginners who want to learn how to fix a flat. Here are some of the easy ways you can get out of a flat tyre situation.
Plug The Flat Tyre If The Tyres Are Tubeless
The first thing that you’re going to have to do when you get a flat tyre is to remove it. However, if you have tubeless tyres, then you can use a tyre plug to fix the flat tyre. The tyre plug kits will typically include an insertion device and a rubber strip that you can use to plug the hole in the tyre without difficulty. When you find the hole and plug it, inflate your tyre to the correct air pressure to check if it holds the air. Once the tyre is fixed and retains the air inside, you can keep on riding, but keep checking the plug often to see if it’s still plugged.
Remove The Tyre And Investigate If The Tyres Aren’t Tubeless
If you don’t have tubeless tyres, then you have to remove them. When you remove the tyre, take the old tube out and search for what caused the flat. Look for any sharp objects on the ground. Thoroughly check the outside and inside of the tyre and the rim to verify that nothing was left behind. If you leave a sharp object behind, it could cause the tyre to become flat again. Next always carry a piece of patch rubber that come with tyre fixing kits in your pocket. This can help you plug any hole and be on your way back home.
Patch Up The Tube If You Want To Reuse It
If you have already gone through multiple tubes on a single ride with no spare tubes left, or if you prefer to reuse the old tubes you have, then you can patch up the tube. With an emery cloth, clean the puncture site and rough the surface around the damaged area. If the patch doesn’t need glue, then you have to place it over the puncture and firmly press it on there. If the patch needs glue, then you have to put a bit of glue around the hole and patch. Then when the glue begins to become tacky, place the patch on the puncture and firmly press it until it sticks onto the tube.
When The Tyre Is Removed, Install The Replacement Tube
Once you’ve removed your tyre, inflate the replacement tube so that it’s able to keep its shape. Next thing you should do is install the valve stem right through the hole of the valve of the rim. Now you should put the tyre back. To do so, you need to roll the bead towards the bike that’s in front of you. You should avoid levers when you try reseating the tyre since you may cause a puncture in the replacement tube. Once you reach the stem of the valve, get the tyre bead’s sides tucked into the rim. When the sides are tucked in, you can now push the tube upwards to get it into the tyre.