In my last post I discussed my recent rash of bicycle tire flats (mostly due to my lack of tire changing skills). I am not very mechanically inclined, but as every biker knows, it is very difficult to hire a bike mechanic when you are on the side of the road in the middle of no where!! So I set out to become “decent” at changing a bicycle tire flat. However, all the youtube videos in the world can’t change one problem. When you are changing a flat, you are rarely in an air conditioned garage. Most likely, you are sweating on the side of the road with a a bunch of biting bugs and perhaps group of bikers watching you. In this moment all that education will seem very fuzzy. I am not going to go through every step to change a flat tire, since there are a zillion videos and blogs on that. I went through those videos and this is a list of MY Top 5 Tips for Changing a Flat Tire:
1. Relax, taking your time will actually save you time in the long run!! Better to do it right than do it over.
2. Start at the Valve when removing the tire.
3. Once Tire is off the rim, pull out the tube. It is usually not necessary to take the tire completely off the wheel.
4. Make sure you locate where on the tube and tire the flat happened and prevent future flats. Also check out the entire tire for any additional glass, stones, etc.
5. Start at the valve when putting the tire back on.
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***6. (most important tip – read carefully). The biggest mistake I made was the very last part of getting the tire back on the wheel. Most people recomend you don’t use tools, as not to pinch flat the tube. The reality for 95% of bikers is that this is almost impossible. However there is a device that will solve this problem, it is the Kool Stop Tire Bead, this great device makes it easy and safe to get the last part of the wheel on the tire. Here is a link to a review of one.
Well there it is. Hopefully, you will no have to use this advice often.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Bicycle Accident Lawyer, enthusiast