Cycling enthusiasts, whether riding in the city or mountain biking, will inevitably encounter bicycle flat tires. Knowing how to patch a bicycle tire is a critical skill that will allow you to know what to do if you encounter flat tires while riding. This article will walk you through the detailed steps for repairing both tube and tubeless bicycle tires.
Please Note: What happens when your bike tires get flat is if you are close enough to your destination to be able to walk or push your e-bike home. This is because if you continue to ride on flat tires throughout your journey, the friction between the tire and the rim may cause the rim to become damaged, resulting in a more costly rim replacement.
Repairing an eBike's flat tires is a critical skill, especially if you're close enough to your destination to walk or push your eBike home. This is because if you continue to ride on flat tires throughout your journey, the friction between the tire and the rim may cause damage to the rim, which is relatively expensive to replace.
Here are some steps you can take when your front tire is flat:
Pull up on the handlebars: First, pull up on the handlebars to lift the front tire off the ground. This can be done by leaning slightly forward and then pulling up on the handlebars. This ensures that the front tires are no longer in contact with the ground.
Walking: Once the front tire is in the air, you can walk behind the e-bike, pushing it like a bicycle. Make sure your e-bike remains balanced with a flat front tire.
When your rear tires are flat, you need to do the following:
Guide the handlebar: Use one hand to guide the handlebar to control the direction of the e-bike.
Lift the rear of the saddle: Use your other hand to grasp and lift the rear of the saddle to lift the rear wheel off the ground. This ensures that the rear tire is no longer in contact with the ground while maintaining balance.
Whether your e-bike has tubed or tubeless tires, take extra care to avoid riding with flat tires. Continuing to ride may worsen tire and rim damage, increasing repair costs. Therefore, for your own safety and to save on repair costs, take prompt steps to lift the flat tire off and then look for ways to repair or replace it. Repairing bicycle tires is a useful skill that will not only improve your cycling knowledge but also help you continue your riding adventure in an emergency.
Required tools and materials
- Bike Tire Tool: For easy tire removal.
- Repair kit: Includes repair patch, glue and sandpaper.
- Pump or CO2 inflator: used to inflate tires.
- Valve core remover (for tubeless tires): used to replace the valve core.
- Tire assist tool (optional): helps with tire installation and removal.
- Tire Pressure Gauge: Used to ensure tires are inflated to the correct pressure.
REMOVING THE WHEEL
The process of removing a wheel from your bike doesn't change no matter what kind of tire your bike has; although the front and rear tires are slightly different.