Beginner’s Guide : How To Changing Flat Tires For Bike

       The best way to successful bicycling is to master your skills in changing flat tires. You don’t know what the each ride will bring to your bike. Having a flat in the middle of nowhere far away from home, especially if you’re not good at it, can be a stressful and frustrating problem. Don’t wait to practice how to change tires until it’s too late. Practice now! You can hone your skills anytime when you’re available at home or somewhere wide enough to be comfortable for you.

       For beginners, don’t worry. We have provided you the basic simple steps to successful flat tire changing.

1. Go to a corner

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       Safety first! If you’re on the road riding your bike when you notice the flat, shift as you slow down. Bring your bike to the side walk or to a corner of the road, where you’ll be out of pedestrian’s way. You must make sure that you are safe where you’re parked and that you will not cause a hassle to anyone in your surroundings

2. Tip it Upside Down

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       Tip your bike upside down, chains up. Balance the bike on the seat and the handlebars so as to make changing tires easier.

3. Detach the Wheels

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       Detaching the front wheel is easy. But first, you have to release the brake on the tire that needs to be changed. Then you open the quick release lever, loosen the skewer, and pull the wheel from the fork dropouts. Now let us detach the back wheel. It is harder than the front wheel. Move to the smallest cog to make the re-installation easier. Loosen the brakes and skewer, pull down on the derailleur and slide the wheel out.

4. Unscrew the Nut on the Valve

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       If present, loosen the nut from the valve to remove it and placed it to the side, or someplace where you can safekeep it for the meantime.

       If present, loosen the nut from the valve to remove it and placed it to the side, or someplace where you can safekeep it for the meantime.

5. Loosen the Tire form the Rim

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       By removing the tire, you may or may not need the levers. But for beginners, you jam the flat end of the lever between the tire and the rim. After that, scoop it under the bead and push down on the lever. Insert another lever inches away from the other one and repeat the same procedures. This can loosen the tire from the rim enough to pull it off.

6. Remove the Tire

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       After loosening the tire from the rim, push the valve stem through the hole and pull the whole tube out.

7. Check your Tires

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       Run your fingers inside and outside the tire to check for whatever caused the flat. Take your time and make it thorough Remove any grit or stones and any suspicious material.

8. Install the New Tubes

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       Twist the valve of the new tube open and pump a bit of air into the tubes. It will add a little shape to the tube so it won’t pinch the tube flat. It will make it easier to insert the tube’s valve into the valve hole and screw the lock. Begin to press the tube into the rim and thread around the inside of the tire.

9. Knead the Tire Back unto the Rim

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       Hold one top with your one hand and use your other hand to work around the wheel. Make sure that the tire is already secure before you let go of your anchor hand. You can use your lever again if you need to until the entire tire is back. Just be careful not to pinch any side of the tube.

10. Pump up your Tire

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        Reattach the wheels then pump the tire/s up. Or you can do it by pumping air into your tire/s first before attaching your wheels back into your bike. When you’re on the road, using a CO2 cartridge can be easier than any other pumps or gas canister.

Tips

  • The heat can increase the pressure inside the tube so make sure to keep your inner tube away from hot objects unless you want it to explode.
  • It is possible to repair a punctured tube by patching and correctly patched tube can function just the same as a new tube. Once you’ve gained more experience with flats, you may want to consider carrying along with you a puncture kit or a repair kit. It is a box of tools which is equivalent to a first aid kit for your bike and contains the tools be used to patch tubes.

       It is important to be ready all the time. As beginners, it is best to get to know your bike more, ride it more and take care of it more than anything. Take time to look and check on your bike, know the best things to do in times of bike emergencies and have good resources.

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