How to fix a flat tyre

How to fix a flat tyre

Fixing your first flat tyre can be daunting. Fortunately, the process is straight forward and after your first one, the next time will be much easier.

Here are simple steps you need to take to fix your flat tyre:

  1. Remove wheel from the bike.
  2. Deflate the tyre.
  3. Push the bead of the tyre away from the edge of the rim and towards the centre of the rim.
  4. Use a tyre leaver to gently slip the tyre over the rim. Hook the leaver under the tyre bead and pull it over the rim. Then, use the leaver (or more than one if the tyre is very tight) to slowly work your way around the entire wheel until the tyre is half way off the wheel.
  5. Pull the inner tube out from the tyre.
  6. Inspect the tyre to find and remove the source of the puncture if it is still present. 
  7. Make repairs to the inner tube or get a new one.
  8. Insert the inner tube around the rim starting from the valve. It helps to have a little bit of air (but not too much) inside the tube.
  9. Starting at the valve, press the bead of the tyre into the centre of the rim with both thumbs and work your way all the way around the tyre until it is too tight to get the remainder of the tyre onto the rim.
  10. Use tyre leavers to gently slip the remaining section of the tyre onto the rim used the hooked end of the leaver. Be careful not to hook the inner tube or you may puncture your new tube.
  11. Check to make sure the inner tube and tyre are properly fitted to the rim.
  12. Inflate the tyre to the recommended pressure level.
  13. Reattach the wheel to the bike.

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