Biking is not just a hobby or a sport, but it is a killer workout and a thrilling adventure. It not only helps you keep yourself super fit but also gives a fillip to your confidence and personality. Biking gives you an effective and positive outlet to let go of the stress and rejuvenate yourself. As it is rightly said, “You werenʼt born to just pay bills and die.” Bike flat tires are a common hindrance to your joy rides, stay prepared by knowing how to prevent and repair these tragedies.
Just imagine you left for this adventurous sports dreaming of zipping across wobbly bridges, climbing treacherous peaks, dodging branches. Suddenly your bike has a flat tire. And whoosh goes your dream! For a smooth biking trip, you should have exhaustive knowledge about your bike, and one of the most vital parts of your bike – tires.
You should have a detective’s eye and requisite skills for inspection and repair of your bike, that is, how to patch a bike tire and replacing bike tubes.
For more information, read our article on Bike Maintenance Basics for Beginner Cyclists.
Here, we will share with you the methods to prevent bike flat tires, how to prevent it and how to remove a bike tire.
Preventing bike flat tires is definitely a simpler task than repairing one.
Read Bicycle Maintenance and Oiling – Learn the Basics for more information on taking care of your cycle.
Another way to prevent a flat tire is investing in puncture-resistant tires. Though they are expensive but are worth all the money. The three main types of tires are:
Pneumatic or air-filled rubber tires are universally available and owing to their reasonable price, you can see them on almost every cycle. When pneumatic tires were invented, they transformed the uncomfortable and bumpy bicycle ride into a more exciting and relaxed ride. These are made up of rubber attached to a metal rim.
These are the next-generation puncture-resistant bicycle tires. A Tokyo-based company presented the bikers with the most precious gifts of their lives – tires without air. Bikers can now say goodbye to the frustrating woes of a flat tire. This bike supports the rider’s weight by using thermoplastic resin spokes. The material used is also recyclable.
The element Kevlar is fundamental in making a puncture-proof bicycle, the very same material used to make bulletproof jackets and armor. This fabric is lightweight and supple, which makes the ride comfy and enjoyable. There are some other manufacturers who make puncture-resistant bicycle tires and tubes, such as Continental, Armadillo, and Marathon.
Puncture is synonymous to a flat tire. However, you can have a flat tire without puncturing your tire or tube. A flat tire can be mysterious; you should carefully find out the root cause and then correct it.
Bike flat tires can be classified under the main headings:
If you have a flat tire, all you need to know is how to remove and re-install the wheel. Here we will demonstrate how to remove and re-install your front and rear bike wheels:
Follow the following steps:
Follow these steps:
Check out the below video for a detailed guide on how to remove and re-install your bike wheels.
Do not get confused between the wheel and tire removal. Wheel removal is done for easy patching of bike flat tires or fitting the tire in the trunk of the car, whereas tire removal is done for replacing the tire or tube or repairing them. See the below video on how to remove and re-install the tire.
Carrying the bike tire repair kit is not enough; you should know how to fix a bike flat tire. We have already discussed different types of flats and their reasons. You also know how to remove and reinstall a wheel and a tire.
So let us now move on to how to fix a tire when you are out biking.
Roads are highly unpredictable and so an extra back-up is always welcome. Bikers these days invest in tire liners, which cover the tube and them give an extra cushion, thus preventing bike flat tires.
So you no longer have to worry about a flat tire. You are now better equipped to go and thoroughly enjoy your bike ride. As said aptly, “When in doubt pedal it out.” So guys, grab your bike and just pedal your way out to an exhilarating experience of biking in the woods.
Share the stories of your bike flat tires, if you have had any, and tell us how you came out of the situation.