Today I'm going to show you how to fix a flat tire on your bike.
You will need,
- A tire to fix
- A tire patch
- Rubber cement
- A small piece of sand paper
I'm not using a patch kit because mine ran out of rubber cement. so I'm using Elmer's rubber cement.
You can buy a patch kit from a local bike store for about $3.50 And that should have everything that you will need.
Step 1: Step 1: Take the Tire Off of Your Bike Tire.
You will need to remove the bike tire in order to fix it.
Step 2: Step 2: Take One Off One the Walls of the Tire.
You will need to do this in order to take out the tube.
Step 3: Step 3: Take the Tube Out of the Tire.
- You will reach into the tire and pull out the tube.
- Then you will undo the tire valve cap and take the valve out of the rim.
Step 4: Step 4: Locate the Hole
You can locate the hole by holding the tube up to your cheek while it is pumped up and try to feel it. or you can also fill a bucket up with water and submerge the tube and look for the origin of the bubbles. Another way to locate the hole is to get laundry detergent or soapy water and rub it on the tube.
Step 5: Step 3: Sand the Area Where You Will Be Putting the Patch.
You will need to sand all the bumps out and it will give the rubber cement something to grab onto.
Step 6: Step 6: Paint the Rubber Cement on to the Area Where You Will Be Putting the Patch.
You will spread the rubber cement on the tube the size of the patch over the hole. You can spread the rubber cement with your finger. Wait until the rubber cement is tacky before you put the patch on.
Step 7: Step 7: Put on the Patch
- Take off the aluminum backing.
- Put on the patch over the hole.
- Put pressure on the patch for 1 min
You don't have to take the plastic off.
Step 8: Step 8: Put the Tube Back on the Tire
- Check for thorns or what caused the flat.
- Put the valve through the rim of the tire.
- Set the tube in the tire. make sure that the tube is not sticking out any part of the rim and tire.
- Push the tire wall back into place.
- Inflate the tire.
- Put the tire back on bike.
I didn't take any pictures because this is just steps 1, 2, and 3, just in reverse.
Have a good time ridding your fixed bike.