How To Spot A Puncture On A Bicycle Tire and Fix It
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How To Spot A Puncture On A Bicycle Tire and Fix It

How To Spot Punctures On A Bicycle Tire and Fixing It

Buying a new bicycle is just the beginning, learning to ride and use it safely on the rode is a skill but once you get a punctured tire your happy biking life ends there. So how should you prepare yourself when this minor catastrophe happens? First of all you have to be prepared and open minded that having a punctured tire is better than to imagine yourself figured in a road accident by riding your bike. At least when you realize that your bicycle tire is deflated, you are still well and standing not recollecting your senses after an accident on the hospital bed. The tragic part of course is trying to gather your wits how to remove the deflated tire out of your bike in order to get it back running on the road.

Determining A Deflated Tire and The Solution

Knowing a deflated tire is plain and simple. You may leave your bicycle on the stand outside a store and return to collect it on your way home with the stuff you bought but dismayed when you noticed it lacks air to cushion your weight rolling back home. A partially deflated tire could get you home but the possible damage it may do to the inner tube may just worsen the problem. Now there are two solutions to this problem. A temporary solution and a permanent one. If you are travelling on a shorter destination and it takes 15 minutes to get there and your leaking tire lasts for an hour before getting completely deflated the temporary solution may have a point. You may just bring along a foot pump to solve the problem just in case the air doesn't hold that much. Now if carrying a foot pump everytime doesn't annoy you at all you may even consider this problem solved. However if you are a bit of a critical mind and you wanted for the permanent solution you know what to do. You could either opt for a new inner tube as replacement to the leaking one or patch up the leak on the old inner tube yourself.

Patching the Leak on the Inner Tube

1. Remove the inner tube from the leaking tire. - This method could get your hands dirty so it will help if you use disposable gloves if you wish to keep your hands clean.

2. Locate the leak on the inner tube .- The technique to this method is by inflating the inner tube just enough so you could hear the hissing sound of the escaping air. You could do this the “dry way” by feeling the inner tube close to your face listening until the hiss sounds louder ( rotating the tube until the whole is covered) you could pinpoint the leak by feeling the escaping air close to your face. The “wet way” works by dipping the inner tube on a wash basin after it is inflated. Dip the whole tube until bubbles show up and you could check where it comes from locating the leak, place a small toothpick on the puncture to mark it or let a permanent marker do the job.

3. Have a puncture kit ready. - A puncture kit could normally be bought from an auto supply or a bicycle store and could cost about $5. The kit box should contain a rubber solution or super glue in tube, Rubber patches (mostly 5 pcs) and a small sand paper.

4. Apply the patch to the leak. - The procedure usually starts by sanding the punctured part with a sandpaper and applying the rubber solution/ glue on the affected area. Letting the glue dry for a minute, remove the protective cover on a patch and apply it directly on the inner tube making sure that the punctured area is covered at the center.

5. Apply pressure. - The magic of the puncture kit should work afterwards after you put pressure on the patch against the inner tube.

The job of putting back the inner tube in place after the fix was made should come easy. Be sure to remove remaining air on the tube before slipping it inside the outer tire to fit it easily back on the bicycle rim. Try to position the inner tube's nozzle straight and tightening back the wheel in place at the bicycle frame before having the fixed tire fully inflated. Now you should be back on the road happily. 

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Comments (15)

Good tips because its much better to know how to fix something like this yourself than to pay somebody to fix it

Very useful tips.But When my two wheeler gets punctured,immediately I used to inform it to a two wheeler mechanic shop whose representative will do the rest.When you notice a puncture in your two wheeler, it is not advisable to drag it all the way, because, in the process, your two wheeler tube is prone to get additional punctures.Thanks for sharing your useful article.

This is really very informative and useful.Thanks deep

My sincerest thanks for all your reactions, everyone. Sometimes practical things like this one comes easy to write so my punctured bicycle tire 2 days ago was actually a blessing. Of course this isn't a new idea but I have shared to you my way of patching things up.

Useful tips with clear explanation. I'll follow your tips here. Thanks

LOL at Rama... Why should you compare truck tires with bicycle tires? But this is a good practical article, Kabayan..

An excellently written and illustrated tutorial, Deep Blue.

Educational, helpful and great solutions offered.

Very clear, practical advice. thank you.

Very useful and well-presented information! Bookmarked for future reference.

Very good practical how-to Will.

This is good to know, Will. Very practical indeed, thanks.

Excellent share! Very easy step-by-step instructions. Thanks

Very helpful information!

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