Feeling FLAT?

Well, I don’t know about you, but I do not like to flat. EVER! In my life or on my bike. Sometimes flats in life take longer to fix and I am definitely not the one to ask.

But, I can help you fix the flat on your bike and you can feel confident that when it happens you can handle it and maybe even have a chance to show off your new mad tire changing skills. It takes practice though, just like training to get better, stronger and faster. Practice on the front and back, until you have it down. It may not be the fastest change but it doesn’t matter. This will give you confidence when your on the road by yourself or your riding with someone who has not read this or ever changed their own tire(you’ll look like a pro).

1. Rear Wheel flatted, make sure you shift into your smallest cog (gear) and the reason is it allows your cassette to slide right past your derailleur when you remove your wheel. Otherwise your struggling and pulling it around your derailleur which could get damaged if your not to careful.

2. Release your brake.. There is a lever that you move in the up position on the brake itself, open it up. Now you can take off your wheel. Make sure when you lay your bike down MOST IMPORTANTLY: MOVE TO THE EDGE!! I have seen people change tires in the middle of the bike lane.. what are they thinking?? Lay your bike down with the driveside up (Chain up). Hopefully you have a tire lever. Makes removing the tire a bit easier. Grab the rim opposite the valve stem. Pinch the tire with your other hand and put the lever in dragging it around the rim to release the tire. If you don’t have a lever .. GET ONE.. or you can always pull the tire up and over the rim away from you body and use your thumbs to pinch beads over the rim at once.. Usually hurts your thumbs though.. At least it does mine.

When the beads are loose pull the tire and rim in opposite directions. It will pop off and waa-laa tear out the old tube. Give your new tube a little air to give it some form otherwise it’s flopping all over the place and hard to do anything with. I usually carry a small pump. CO2 cartridges cost more and why? I’m not racing I’m riding and training. Just seems a little wasteful. But do learn how to use these as well, they come in handy on race day if you do flat. Now that your tube has some form, place it inside the tire. Before you do that though run you fingers in the inside and outside of the tire to make sure whatever caused the flat is not stuck in the tire or you’ll keep flatting and if you ride 650’s like me unless your close to a bike shop your outta luck.. Seems like I’m one of the only 650 riders around in my area.( that’s tire size by the way, there are 2 sizes 700’s and 650’s) you most likely have a 700, make sure you check this before you buy spares.

4. Now put the tubes valve through the hole, holding your wheel parallel to the ground. Starting at the hole, start cinching your tire back on over the rim with each hand working opposite of the tire. Once the beads start getting tight, roll each over your rim with your thumbs and fingers, and/or the ever functional tire lever.

5. Fully inflate your tube and put your wheel back on your bike. Make sure your rear derailleur is out of the way. Now close your brake-release with the lever.

**** Super Glue****

Now if by chance your tire has a cut or hole in it carrying a small tube of super glue and putting it in the hole of your tire(not your tube) will seal that tire until you get home and buy a new set of tires which is usually the case.

NOTE**

Make sure to check that your tube is properly in your tire so you don’t give yourself a pinch flat.

Before fully inflating, make sure to push up on the valve to make sure it’s seated fully in that portion of the tire. This portion of the tube is thicker.



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