There’s a lot that goes into changing a flat tire and patching a tube, but once you practice a couple times it becomes easy.
This is what you’ll need to learn/remember:
• How to remove the front or back tires.
• Proper use of tire levers.
• How to separate the tire from the rim.
• How to peel the tire off the rim.
• Taking the intertube out of the tire.
• Looking for what caused the flat tire is important so you know how patch a tire correctly.
• Using a patch kit.
• How to patch tire, in addition to the tube.
• Putting the repaired tube back into the tire.
• Proper use of a CO2 cartridge.
1. Removing the wheels
How to take wheels off the front and back of the bike for a tire repair.
Front wheel; first you open the brakes and then flip the quick release.
Rear wheel; it helps to put the chain in the smallest cog, then shift the gears. Then flip the release on the brakes so the wheel can easily be removed
2. Fixing the tube
- Use tire levers.
- Remove the tire and take off tube.
- Learning what caused the flat tire.
- Use a patch kit.
3. Inflating the tube and reinstalling the tire
Re-install a patched (repaired) tube back into your bike tire.
Use tire levers for tire repair.
Use a CO2 cartridge.
Put rear wheel back on bike.
Head Mechanic Brian Dehmer runs a weekly Flat Repair Clinic at our Highland Park location throughout the summer months. Just stop by with your bike (or wheel) and get hands on training. See our Events Page for details and dates.