How to Repair a Bike Tire

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    How to Repair a Bike Tire

    Learning how to repair a bike tire is not one of

    the most difficult tasks that a cyclist will ever

    encounter. Repairing a bicycles tire is simply

    one of those tasks that appear to be a lot harder

    than it looks. The truth of the matter is that

    people only need to be aware of what they need

    to do.

    Yes, fixing a busted tire can be frustrating at first.

    However, a little bit of reading can give the person the right idea on how to handle a

    broken tire situation. Below are a few instructions that can help a person in repairing

    their own bicycle tire.

    Always investigate the bike tires

    When a person gets a flat tire the very first thing a person needs to look for is the cause

    of the problem. Tire bikes do not spontaneously explode, burst, or rupture without good

    cause. These tires are made to be sturdy and resistant to forces such as torsion to

    remain rigid and durable.

    Examine the tire to find out the cause of the problem. Look for ruptures or any telltale

    sign of damage. When the object responsible for the punctured tire is located, remove it


    If the damage is barely visible, then the person can try to mark the sidewall where it can

    be found with their fingernails.

    Removing the tire from the bike

    The next step to learning how to patch a bike tire is removing it from the frame. The best

    way of taking out the tire from a bike is by first turning the bike over and letting it rest on

    its two handle bars or by using a bike repair stand.

    Once the bike is in a stable position the following step involves taking out the tire.

    Remove the brake calipers by freeing the lever for the brake calipers that can be found

    on the brake calipers of the tire. Finally, pull on the lever for quick-release skewer lever

    in order to release the tire from the frame of the bicycle.

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    Getting the tube from the tire

    The tire itself is not responsible for holding the air pressure. The component that is

    responsible is the tube, which can be located within the tires walls.

    Use the tire lever by inserting it between the rim and the tire. Slide the lever around the

    borders of the tire in order to loosen the tire beads. Take out the tire bead.

    Checking the inside

    Use the hands and fingers to feel for any object that might have punctured the tube. The

    culprit might still be stuck inside the tire itself, remove it. One of the objectives of bike

    tire repair is to determine the cause, be sure to search thoroughly for it.

    Inserting a new tube

    Remove the valve cap on the tube must be pulled off. Push the valve inwards through

    the rims hole and take away the old punctured tube. Replace it with a new tube and

    pump a little bit of air into it in order to make it round.

    The dollar bill

    Take a dollar bill and fold it lengthwise two times. Insert the bill where the rupture on the

    tire can be located, make sure the bill is centered


    Using the thumb, cautiously reinsert the tire into the

    rim starting from the bottom and head towards the

    top. Make sure that the dollar bill stays in place

    while it is reinserted.

    Place the tire back on the bicycles frame and then

    tighten the levers of the brakes and quick-release. The final step to learning how to

    repair a bike tire is placing the valve cap back on, then simply pump the tube full of air.

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