How to Fix a Puncture on a Bike
It doesn't matter how durable your tires are, once in a while you will encounter puncture with your bike. So, if you own a bike, you must know how to fix a puncture on a bike. It is an easy skill which will help you to save the cost as well as the times you need to go to the mechanic to get rid of the puncture.
Today, we will let you know the proper way of fixing a punctured bike in the easiest way with step by step guidelines. Keep reading this article to know-how.
How to Fix a Puncture on a Bike without a Repair Kit
Learning how to fix a puncture on a road bike will help you to ride without any worries from the next time. Here is the step by step guides that you will need to follow to solve the puncture on your bike.
Things You Will Require:
Take Out the Chain
Take off the chain from your bike. Without removing the chain, you cant remove the wheel. It will offer you enough space to work with ease and comfort. To remove the chain, put the bike in an upside-down position.
Then push the chain to the side with your one hand and pedal the bike using the opposite hand. Gradually, the chain will come off. Do this step carefully, as it is risky, and you may end up injuring yourself by the chain spokes.
Take Out the Wheel
The first thing you will need to do is to take out the wheel from your bike. It needs to be done to find out the puncture and work smoothly to fix it. Some people may say to you that you can repair bike punctures without removing the wheel. You may do so, but as a beginner, the procedure will be very complicated for you.
To take out the wheel, start with unscrewing the bolts in the center of the wheel that connects it with the bike. Use a wrench for doing so. If it is a quick-release wheel, then simply unscrew the quick release bolts. Now take the bike off from the bike.
Separate the tire from the inner tube
Separating the tire from the tube is a little bit complex for the beginner. However, it should become easier if you follow the description, as we said. Take the wheel and give a closer look at it. You will need something to dig the tire from the tube. You can use two flat-headed screwdrivers for doing so.
Be patience while doing so. Start from one end, and keep digging until you come away, complete the whole circle. Now, it should be easier to remove the tires from the inner tube.
Before moving forward to the next step, give a closure look to the rim strip. The rim strip is the part of the wheel which protects the inner tube from the rim itself. If the rim strip is cheaply built, then it may be the reason for frequent punctures. Replace the rim strips if you think it should be.
Find the Puncture
A single tiny spot usually causes the puncture of the bike. Sometimes it will be so small that you will not even notice it with normal eyes. However, there is an easy way to detect the puncture. Fill a bucket with water and submerge the tire in the water.
Put a little pressure on the tire and see whether or not there are any air bubbles. Move the whole tire in the water as there can be multiple holes. Mark the place where the bubble is coming out. That is where the puncture is caused.
You can use chalk to mark the puncture or a tape. Else, it may become hard for you to locate the exact place later.
Fix the Puncture
Now it's the time to fix the leak. You will require a patch for doing so. We will suggest you use the patches that arrive with self-adhesive properties. You will need to place the patch on the punctured area to stop air from getting away.
If you own a patch that is not self-adhesive, then you can just use some glues to stick it on the hole. In such cases, put the glue on the puncture and then place the patch.
Put the tube back
Let the path dry for a while. You can put the inner tube back on its place back if the patch is fully dried. Here is how you will do it – find the hole for the valve in the rim and attach the valve into it. Then you will need to tuck the tube gradually into the rim.
Put the tire back
After putting back the inner tube, now you will need to put the tire back at its place. Here is how to do it – at first, position the tire on the tube and then start tucking it. You will need to use the flat-headed screwdrivers. Start from one side and move forward the whole circle gradually.
Inflate the tire
Now inflate the tire. Then check whether the air is staying inside or coming out. If there is no air coming out, then you have successfully fixed the puncture. If the air is still escaping, then there are still some punctures remained in the tube. It can also be caused by wrongly placed patch or cheap quality glues. Follow the whole procedure again to fix the remaining punctures.
Reconnect the wheel with the bike
If everything seems perfect, place the wheel back on the bike. Position the wheel on its place and tighten the nuts using the wrench. Then put the chain back on its site carefully. Inflate the tube again if you feel it need some more pressure. Now go for a test ride to be assured whether you have done everything righteously or not.
What Causes Punctures
There are a variety of reasons which cause tire punctures in your bike. Below, we will let you know some of the top causes of the leak:
If you find any little or big tears on the bike, then it means you should replace the tire. As soon as you equip new tires, you will notice drops in the number of punctures significantly. New tires also ensure a comfortable ride.
Moreover, if you put too much air on the tire and then it will find it hard to deform while encountering a smaller and sharp object, which will cause an instant puncture to your tire and inner tube.
How to prevent tire puncture
Here are some tips that may save you from the upcoming puncture waiting for you:
Imagine yourself in the middle of nowhere stuck with a puncture on your bike. Nothing can be more frustrating than this. Knowing how to fix a puncture on a bike will help you to quickly get rid of the puncture and keep going on your way. We hope the above guidelines will help you to fix punctures from your own from now on.