It's that time of year and if you like riding (as much as I do) then you've probably found yourself with a flat tire at one time or another. If you didn't know how to change your tire or didn't have the tools to do it, well, then it probably made for a long walk home. If you haven't had a flat tire yet , and you ride a lot, your day will come.
To avoid that day, the next time you're out on the terrain, be prepared. To help you out, I found these simple step-by-step instructions on fixing a flat
, over at Outside
What you'll need:
What to do:
- a pump,
- tire levers, and
- at least one spare tube-just don't store the tube with sharp tools.
- Unseat one sidewall from the rim with a lever. Pry the tire up and skin the sidewall off the rim. Use plastic levers (or plastic-coated steel) so you won't dent or crack your rims.
- Remove the dead tube and whatever caused the puncture.
- Pump up your fresh tube enough that it holds its form and insert.
- Remount as much of the tire as you can by hand before levering the rest into place, which can be a Herculean feat with newer tires. Make sure the tube isn't pinched by the tire. Pump 'er up.
Enjoy the ride!