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Riding bicycles is the hobby of many , and it has also become a very trendy thing
to do in the last years of this decade . As fun as it is , it also has it’s bummers. Everyone
that owns a bicycle will get a flat tire in their lifetime. So be prepared for it , you’ll never
know when its going to happen . It takes almost nothing to get a flat tire. It can be as
simple as ridding over a small rock or piece of glass and you’ll be low on the floor .
However, If you follow the simple but crucial steps I will provide you with today , you’ll
be back on your ride soon! All you need to get yourself out of a flat and back on the road
is a bike pump , an inner bike tube or patch kit, tire levers and a some patience. When
your ride goes flat, here's what to do.
Remove the tire, hook the rounded end of one tire lever under the outer edge of
the tire to pull it out from the rim. Hook the other end onto a spoke to hold the lever in
place and to keep the part of the tire that you pulled out from popping back into the rim.
Get another lever and hook the rounded end under another outer edge of the tire next to
the first and slide it around the tire/rim clockwise until one side of the tire is off the rim.
Find the air leak, remove the tube and pump air into it to find the leak. There are
multiple ways to locate the holes; however, the most viable one is trying to feel the air
coming out by putting your face close to it. If you do not feel anything there is chances of
hearing it as well so pay close attention! Two holes side by side could possibly be a
pinch between the rim and tire, this often happens when there is a misplacement of the
tube. A single hole was most likely caused by a sharp object such as a rock or a piece of
glass. Carefully run your fingers along the inside of the tire to make sure the object that
caused the leak is no longer there. If you don't do this , it could cause another flat .
Patch the hole, for a glue less patch , simply stick it over the hole and press
firmly. Let it sit for 5 min and it will be good to pump. For a patch that requires glue,
apply a thin layer of glue to the tube and patch. Wait for the glue to dry a little, then apply
the patch and press firmly until it’s glued together. Let the tube sit 8-10 minutes before
inflating it. If you don't patch, put the tube into your bag and fix it when you get home. It
could be good for another time or for more of use once is fixed.
Install the tube, Inflate either your patched or new tube until it holds its shape,
then insert it into the tire. Note that if you inflate it more than its original shape you might
pop it while putting the tire back on the rim. With the valve installed straight in the rim’s
valve hole, work the tire back into the rim with your hands by rolling the edge away from
yourself or squishing it into the rim. (Do not use levers to reseat the tire since you can
give the tube another hole.) When you get to the valve , tuck both sides of the tire edges
low into the rim then push upward on the valve to get the tube up inside the tire. Inflate
completely, checking that the edge of the tire is seated correctly on the rim. If when
inflating, the edge of the tire does not sit right on the rim deflated the tube a little bit until
you are able to move the tire into the right place.
This information can be crucial if you ever ride over a piece of glass or sharp
object on the road and it causes you a flat tire . If you followed up the procedure the right
way you should be able to ride your bike like always , not feeling any type of bumps
while rolling. If it feels like that then you have successfully completed a flat tire fixing
procedure correctly . Nonetheless, if you feel bumps when riding you might want to go
back to the last step and fix the seating of the tire in the rim. This whole process should
generally take you 15 – 20 min depending on your skills . Remember to follow up every
single step closely due to the fact that if you don’t this can cause your tire to fail once
again.
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