How to Fix A Flat
One of the most common issues to plague cyclists is the dreaded flat tire. It can strike at any time and countless different things can cause it. But no matter what it is that has burst yours, you are going to have to get yours fixed up so you can keep on riding. At Bike Repair Denver, we want to make sure that all of our clients can give their bikes the fix that they need when they are stuck out on a road or trail. So, if you don’t already know, take a read below for exactly what you need to do. Our expert team has been fixing bikes for years and so, you know ours is advice that you can always trust.
What you Need at the Roadside
It should go without saying that if you are ever going to be able to fix your flat tire, you need to be prepared with the right tools for the job. There are a few things which you really should never leave the house without, just in case you do get stuck. The most important things are spare inner tubes and the pump that you’ll need to inflate them. Additionally, you would benefit hugely from having a tire lever, a clean cloth, a patch kit, and some puncture plugs. All of these things are going to guarantee you can get back on your way and you should have no problems getting to our bike repairs shop, should you need it.
The first step in any flat tire fix is to identify the problem. So, you are going to want to unhinge your wheels from your frame and check both them and the inner tubing for any damages. If you have ridden over a nail, a screw, or something similar, it’ll be easy to see and this can be quickly plugged with your puncture plug. However, most commonly, the issues are going to be within the tubing, so you are going to want to remove the tires with your tire lever.
Remove anything that is inside the tire, like sharp grass, twigs, stones, or gravel and pull out the old tubing. This is very easy and should be quick for you to do just about anywhere. Then, pump up your replacement tube until it is firm enough to form a clear circular shape, with roughly 5 PSI. Following this, you can reattach the wheels to your bike and check for the tire pressure. It will almost certainly need a bit of additional pumping and you should be aiming to hit your usual, recommended PSI.
Getting Back on Your Way
Once you have everything reconstructed and in the order that you would usually do, check out how your bike feels on the terrain and make any subsequent adjustments. Then, you should be good to go and get back on your way. If your new tires are rolling well then you can carry on without any worries. But, if the issue is persisting and causing your problems, all you ever need to do is bring your bike down to us, at Bike Repair Denver.