How To Repair A Bike Puncture
A flat tyre needn't be the end of the road. Here's some hints and tips on how to repair a bike puncture like a cycling wizard
Punctures can cost professional cyclists the Tour de France, and amateur cyclists lots of time, stress and cold hard cash - especially if disaster strikes when you’re out on a ride and you have to get a taxi home.
- It's always a good idea to take a couple of spare inner tubes, multi-tool, tyre lever and puncture repair kit with you on any ride
- If you discover the tyre has a puncture, the first thing you need to do is find the source so check the inside of the tyre for any foreign objects that might have caused it such as glass, stones or thorns
- If your tyre just needs a bit more air and there is no puncture it's really important you know how to pump it up correctly so you don't damage the inner tube
Become a tyre switcheroo master and learn how to repair a bike puncture, by studying our handy video guides. First, pro cyclist Simon Richardson from the Global Cycling Network explains how to change an inner tube starting with how to remove the wheel from your bike. It might sound simple but have you ever tried it? Simon shows you how to get the wheel off and back on again without damaging or bursting the new inner tube...
How to Change a Bicycle Inner Tube by the Global Cycling Network
Next, the Global Cycling Network’s Daniel Lloyd talks you through how to repair a puncture by the side of the road and identify what has caused the problem in the first place. That is if you have remembered to take your multi-tool, pump, spare inner tubes and tyre levers with you. If not, it might be time to call for some help to repair the puncture.
How to Fix a Flat Tyre - Fix A Road Bike Puncture by the Global Cycling Network
Finally, Daniel is back. And this time he’s telling you how you can save cash by repairing a punctured inner tube yourself. So grab your trusty puncture repair kit, glue, sandpaper and tyre lever and you'll be away.