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It should not take a biking genius to lightweight bicycles

Submitted by jaywillen on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:39

It should not take a biking genius to lightweight bicycles fix a flat on a mountain bike. This is a knowledge you should have stashed somewhere in the recesses of your brain as this will come handy during emergency flat tire situation.

When you are riding long distances, it is important to inspect your tire first. It should have the right pressure level. If you over inflate the tire, there is a big chance that it will burst especially when you are riding fast. Not only is this inconvenient but also dangerous.

Here is how you can easily change the flat of your mountain bike:

Step 1: Check the outer part of the tire for the cause of the flat. If it came in direct contact with a very sharp object and the damage is too big to be repaired, you may need to replace the tire already. This is also the case if the tire is already worn out.

Step 2: If you cannot find visible damages, check the inside of the tire. Flip the whole bicycle and get a wrench to remove the bolts that secure the wheel to the bicycle. Some bicycles have quick release options that enable the user to just remove the wheel by pulling a lever.

Step 3: After removing the wheel, get a screwdriver and insert it in one side of the tire. Just pry one side of the wheel only. Once you have pried one side of the tire away from the rim, remove the inner tube.

Step 4: Use your hands and run it carbon fat bike rims on the inside of the tire. Find out if there are any protruding objects in there or if there are visible holes. If there are holes, patch it using a tire adhesive or tire vulcaseal. This will effectively patch up the hole. Let it dry up. Make sure you apply it evenly so it is not protruding.

Step 5: Once you have fixed it, put the inner tube again. Tuck the sides of the tire to the rim and secure it tightly. Place the wheel on the bicycle and secure the bolts again using a wrench or pull the lever back up again.

Step 6: Inflate the tire and check if there is still air escaping. If you hear hissing sound, there might still be holes in it. Check out where it is coming from and do the same process again.