Road Cycling Tips

Fixing a Bicycle Flat Tire

by admin on Oct.14, 2008, under Tips


Fixing a Bicycle Flat Tire

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
  1. Remove the wheel from the bicycle frame.
  2. Release the air in the tire.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take out the flat tube from within the tire.
  6. Check for foreign objects both inside and outside of the tire, and remove them.
  7. Insert a new tube inside the tire. Pump it up a little to make it easier to insert.
  8. Tuck the tire back into the rim.
  9. Pump up the tire to the specified PSI.
  10. Attach the wheel back to the frame. Viola! We are done!


Photo: flickr.com

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