No Tool Tube Flat Repair ......free Fix

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very simple....  no tools needed repair!  no wheel removal! works on all tube sizes! it will hold air for a good while. definitely enough to get you to a shop or home. i learned this trick from a elderly fella....... pay attention to the old and wise!


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    cybergod

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Simple good idea. But to be a stirrer, does the credit card not become a "tool" by it's use? Sorry, just had to ask. I do see it as a quick fix to at least get you home. I like it.

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    dedmanncybergod

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I suppose, but so are my hands. the card is unnecessary. I started using it as a visual aid to show the tire half mounted. then figured it was such a common item that i could give it purpose; perhaps help the softer handed cyclist :)

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    jackfacialededmann

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Simple good idea. But to be a stirrer, doesn't the credit card makes this fix become unfree ? :)

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    ckoehler1904

    6 years ago on Introduction

    A quick, very creative, "no-tools" way of dealing with flat bike tires. HOWEVER, you left out one important step. Begin with marking the location of the tube stem on the tire (in case the tire moves on the rim in the process of removing the tube).Then after locating the hole in the tube, find that same location on the tire and carefully reach into the inside of the tire with your finger to find the nail, thorn or glass that caused the flat in the first place. Remove that offending sharp object and continue with your tire repair as described. If you do not remove the cause of the flat, it may re-occur with your temporary patch OR when you put in a new tube. I learned this the hard way.....

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    Aron313ckoehler1904

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Also if the hole is near the valve you wont be able too tie it. I work at a bike shop so i agree with ckoehler1904

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    dedmannckoehler1904

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    OH NO! yer soooo right.... always check for the offending object!
    thanks for the comment! should i edit my tutorial? i'm new & unsure......

    Neat idea! Couldn't you just tie a knot in it without cutting it in half? That way you get it home or to the shop then you can patch it proper without having to buy a new tube. Just wondering.

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    Very good point. I have never tired, but will. The only concern I would have is the knot used. it may not roll well.

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    yalydedmann

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I just use some clear tape and inflate the pressure seals the hole till I repair it

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    legendofjd3

    6 years ago on Introduction

    As a mechanic myself, it's nice to learn and pass on new tricks. Thanks.

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    noahw

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love learning new things! Thanks so much for posting this!

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    dalovedr

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! Thats smart! Would have never thought of that, always like knowing "just in case" things.

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    dedmann

    6 years ago on Introduction

    this is my first Instructable. please place cursor over box in picture to see caption.