Bicycle Inner Tube Repair [Updated Tips And Trick]
I don’t do a lot of riding but I have had this experience many times and thought it would be good to pass along. Flats are pretty common place I think and need to be addressed if you don’t want to have a potentially long walk home.
This happened to me on my first puncture and it was a bit embarrassing walking along pushing a bike that didn’t really want to roll along anymore!
I have had to replace a few inner tubes and this article really helped me out. I’ve linked the article about how to remove and repair your bike inner tube here.
Go to the Where It All Began page to find out why knowing how to repair your bike properly is so important!
Simple Yet Concise
The article tells you in very few words, how to get your bike wheel off and then how to get the inner tube and tire off as well. It discusses removing the wheel from your bike by unscrewing the nuts on the axles. I have seen a lot of bikes with quick releases on both wheels though which I think would be so much easier.
The article puts an estimate of 30 minutes to complete which I think is realistic. I’m sure you can probably get quicker with lots of practice but unless you are a mechanic, lots of practice means you have had lots of punctures (yikes).
A friend of mine showed me how to use tire irons or tire levers as some people call them. They definitely help for us individuals with weak fingers. The one thing I learned in this article was that you can actually connect the lever (after placing it under your tire) to your spoke to hold it. I was kind’ve wondering what the curved end was for and now I know.
The gluing aspect of the inner tube repair confused me a bit. You are supposed to let the glue dry for about 5 minutes or so. That really made no sense to me but figured I would follow the directions as they were stated. I guess this drying process is necessary because I haven’t had a leak since. One good point in this article was to put a bit of talcum powder on the freshly patched tube before it goes back into the tire. Makes sense, just in case the glue isn’t 100% dried (you don’t want it sticking to the tire).
Check For Embedded Objects!
This one point alone is a biggy! I mistakenly forgot to check to ensure that whatever gave me the flat in the first place was removed before I blew the tire back up. I pumped a bit of air in and all of a sudden I heard a Hiss. Not what you want to hear after replacing your tire. Sure enough, there was still a piece of glass embedded in my tire that proceeded to cut yet another hole in my inner tube. Do not forget to check for and remove it necessary, any embedded objects.
Hopefully you will find this article as useful as I did. As a cyclist, I think it is my responsibility to know a basic amount of bike maintenance. Flats will happen and you want to be prepared.
I know there are probably lots of stories (some horrible and some funny) about your experiences with flat bike tires. Let’s make this site social and share experiences. I think it could be good learning. Let’s hear from you!