Bike terms are a bit of a killer and when it comes to how to fix a flat tyre we have a really good example of confusing language being used. Because, in most cases, it’s not actually a flat tyre but a flat tube you are dealing with – it’s the tube inside the tyre that holds the air. You can get away with small holes/cuts in your tyre as long as the tube is not affected. See Bike Parts – The Tyre for more info on this part of your bike.
The exception to these statments are tubeless tyres which are more common on high end mountain and road bikes. A tubeless tyre does not have a seperate inner tube so we will not be dealing with it here.
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So let’s choose to know what to do next time you look down and see a sad, squishy tyre. Follow the steps below and if you need more information or a reminder about how to do a certain task, simply click the link, which will take you to the detailed story on that particular part of the process.
3 Easy Steps – How to fix a flat tyre
STEP 1: Wheel off, tube out
Take the wheel off by releasing the axel (open quick release or undo axel bolt). See How to get a wheel off & back onto a bike
Take one side of the tyre off the wheel rim – tyre levers. Pull out the tube being careful to slide your valve out of the wheel rim
STEP 2: Tube back in
- Option One: replace with spare tube
- Option Two: repair the puncture with a puncture repair kit
STEP 3: Wheel on, pump up
Place wheel back onto bike, tightening axel & testing brakes – See How to get a wheel off & back onto a bike
Fully inflate the tube to the recommended PSI (on tyre sidewall) – Pump up the tyre
Hopefully that has given you some useful steps to make life with a bike easier. Choose to know what to do so you can SMILE when you goRide.
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