Flats are never fun and happen when you least expect it. But being prepared for when the flat does happen can help get you back on your ride in no time.
Thanks to Liv Cycling, here is their step by step guide to fixing your flat!
How to Fix a Flat Tire
Flats happen. If you feel and hear that fateful pop, don’t panic. Even if you’re on the go and already running late to work, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to fixing your flats and getting back on your merry way with lickity-split timing.
What You'll Need
- Spare tube
- Patch kit
- Tire Levers
- Hand pump and/or CO2 with a valve
- Money... just in case!
So you have a flat...
Step by step guide to changing your tire:
- Remove the wheel from the bike. Remember, each bike can be different. We recommend practicing how to take your wheel off before you have a flat, so you are prepared.
- Be sure all the air is out of the tire by pressing the inner tube valve. Making sure all the air out will make taking the tire off easier.
- Using your hands, pull the tire bead away from the rim of the wheel.
- Then take one of your tire levers. Using the "spoon" side shaped end of the lever, pull the tire bead up and away from the wheel rim. Use the hook at the end of the lever and hook it to the spoke of the wheel.
- Take the second tire lever and using the "spoon" shaped end, push the level away from you, pull the tire off the rim
- This will make it so you can easily access the inner tube. Pull the tube out of the tire.
- Carefully run your fingers on the rim and inside of the tire to check for sharp objects. You can, if you wish, move the entire tire to make sure no foreign objects are inside the tire.
- Put a knot in the used inner tube, this will ensure you don't accidentally put in back in the tire. Inner tubes look very similar and it is easy to forget which one was new or used, especially if you are a little flustered.
- Take the new tube out of your saddle bag and inflate it slightly to make it easier to put into the tire.
- With one side of the tire on the rim, insert the valve of the new inner tube into the hole for the valve in the wheel. Carefully start placing the tube inside the tire.
- Once you have the tube entirely inside the tire, use your hands to begin squeezing the tire back onto the rim.
- At the end you can sometimes use your hands to get the tire back on the wheel. If that isn't working, grab your tire levers again and use the spoon end of the lever to put the tire back on the wheel. Take care to not puncture the tube.
- Using the inflation device of your choice, put air back in the tube.
- Put the wheel back on the bike.
- Give yourself a pat on the back and be on your merry way.