Theoretically, it’s the tube inside the tire that is flat, not the tire itself. And below is an excellent video showing how you can easily replace a flat yourself, be it at the comfort of your home or while you are out cycling.
Here’s what you need:
- Tire levers
- New tube or a patch kit
- A pump
- Remove the wheel from the bicycle frame.
- Release the air in the tire.
- Take a tire lever and insert it into the side of the tire (preferably the opposite of the air valve), then hook it to one of the spokes.
- Take another tire lever and insert it a couple of inches away from the first, and slide it around the rim to remove the tire.
- Take out the flat tube from within the tire.
- Check for foreign objects both inside and outside of the tire, and remove them.
- Insert a new tube inside the tire. Pump it up a little to make it easier to insert.
- Tuck the tire back into the rim.
- Pump up the tire to the specified PSI.
- Attach the wheel back to the frame. Viola! We are done!
:beginner, flat, maintenance, tire