Tire Repair

by Peter Greenbaum February 18, 2016

Tire Repair

No matter how careful a rider you are – or even lucky – at some point you are going to get a flat tire.

 

There’s no need to freak out, curse or look skyward, arms splayed and cry, “Why me?”

 

Here’s what to do. First, remove the tire. Hook the rounded end of one tire lever under the outer edge of the tire to unseat it.

 

 

Hook the other end onto a spoke to hold the lever in place and prevent the unseated tire from popping back into the rim.

 

Hook the rounded end of the second lever under the bead next to the first and walk it around the tire/rim clockwise until one side of the tire is free of the rim.

 

Remove the inner tube and pump air into it to find the leak. Chances are it’s a single hole caused by a sharp object on the road. Run you fingers along the inside of the tire to make sure the sharp little culprit is gone.

 

To patch the hole, clean the damaged area of tire with an alcohol pad and rub the surface with an emery cloth. Stick the patch over the hold and press firmly. If you’re using a patch that requires glue, apply a thin layer of glue to the tube and then press the patch firmly until it sticks to the surface.

 

Now, inflate the repaired tube until it holds its shape. Insert it back into the tire. With the valve stem installed straight, carefully work the tire back into the rim by rolling the bead away from yourself.

 

When you get to the valve stem, tuck both sides of the tire bead low into the rim then push upward on the stem to the get the tube up inside the tire. Inflate the tire completely and you’re ready to roll.

 

By the way, make sure you have a repair kit and pump with you at all times. If you don’t, cursing is optional.

 

Inflate either your patched or new tube until it holds its shape, and then insert it into the tire. With the valve stem installed straight, work the tire back into the rim with your hands by rolling the bead away from yourself. (Do not use levers to reseat the tire, as you could puncture the tube.) When you get to the valve stem, tuck both sides of the tire bead low into the rim then push upward on the stem to get the tube up inside the tire. Inflate completely, checking that the bead is seated correctly.



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