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Every avid cyclist should know how to fix his bike; learn the basics in this video series.
You Will Need
- An inner tube with a puncture
- A bicycle patch kit, consisting of patches, glue, and a square of sandpaper
- A bike tire pump
- A big bowl filled with water (optional)
- Towel (optional)
Remove the flat tube from the tire
Remove the flat inner tube from the tire.
Attach tube to a pump
Attach the inner tube to a bike pump.
Pump up the tube
Pump up the tire until it’s full of air.
Listen for the escaping air
Listen for the hiss of air escaping from the tube. Bring it close to your ear to help.
Let air out of tube
Cover the hole with a finger, detach the pump, and let all the air out of the tube by pressing down on the valve stem.
Lightly sand the area around the leak
With your sandpaper, lightly sand an area around the leak larger than your patch.
Wipe the leak area clean
Wipe clean with your hand or optional towel.
Cover the sanded area with glue
Cover the sanded area with glue.
Let the glue dry
Let glue dry for 5 minutes.
Put the patch over the leak
Separate the patch from its backing and place directly onto the tube, pressing it firmly into the glue.
Remove the cellophane cover
Remove any cellophane cover over the patch and you’re ready to go.