The worst thing that can happen is getting a puncture when you’re on the road. But I don’t even like seeing my bike with a flat after it’s just been sitting in my home. Luckily, I’ll show you a simple way how to patch a bike tire, whether you’re on the road or at home.
And the great news is, as long as you have a couple of tools – you won’t even have to replace your tire. Instead, patch it and continue your journey so you can sort it out later.
And what do you do when you don’t have a spare tube? You have to patch it by using anything you have. Keep on reading to find out how I do it – which is also the simplest way to do it.
Therefore, it’s ideal for cyclists who are so unlucky that they get a puncture when they’re on the road.
Tools You Will Need
Before we start, here’s what you will need:
- Patch kit for tubes
- Tire levers
- Additionally: Wrench to untighten the wheels in case you don’t have a quick-release mechanism
Even though it’s always a wise idea to replace a bike tire in the case of a puncture – but if you’re on a road and you don’t have a spare tube, patching up a tire is your best bet.
With the help of small and lightweight patch kits – you can go on a ride without a worry in the back of your mind.
You won’t need anything other than this – and while it might seem like a lot to take on the road with you, it’s actually not.
Patch kits are very small & light, tire levers are also light and can be stored almost anywhere, and you can always get a mini pump.
However, if you’re home – you will have plenty of tools to choose from (if necessary).
But how to patch a bike tire? Now when you know what you need – let’s get straight into it!
How to Patch a Bike Tire? – Step by Step Process
There are a couple of steps, but they’re not hard at all and you will be able to do this even if you have never done this before.
Therefore, there’s no need to worry, and if you’re reading this stranded somewhere on the side of the road – don’t sweat it because you’ll be back on the bike in no time!
Remove the Wheel
Punctures happen – but don’t panic! The first thing you should do is find a safe place where you can remove the wheel.
If you have a quick-release mechanism, you won’t require a tool. But if you don’t have a quick-release mechanism, you’ll need a wrench to untighten the bolts.
Once you’ve removed the wheel, make sure your bike is in a safe spot as you will now focus on the tire.
Remove the Tire
Every cyclist has its own way to remove a tire. However, I highly recommend using tire levers. If you don’t know what tire levers are – they’re a little piece of plastic that helps you safely and easily remove the tire from the wheel.
This will expose the inner tube, and once you have freed the inner tube out of the tire – you can go on to the next step!
Locate the Puncture
Punctures can be as small that they’re hardly visible – but on the other hand, a puncture can happen on quite a big area.
Locating the puncture might require some time – but the most efficient method is to blow some air back into the tire and listen for the hissing sound.
This will easily tell you the location where the air is leaking out.
Once you find the puncture, you should ensure that there are no sharp objects stuck in both tube and tire.
You don’t want to fix your puncture only to get a second puncture in record time, right?
Sand the Hole
This step is optional, but I highly recommend doing it. Most tire puncture kits even come with the sanding paper or piece of metal anyway.
Sanding the area around the puncture will help remove the outer layer of the tire, making the glue and patch easier to stick and hold together.
If you don’t patch a puncture successfully, the chances are you have an air leaking from the same hole. Be careful with the sanding though.
You don’t want to damage the tire any further.
Apply the Patch
Depending on the patch type you have – it might or might not require glue. Some patches come with an adhesive side while other patches require you to put glue first before applying the patch.
Whatever you have, it is what you will work with – and there is no better or worse way. Both patch types are great.
If you have a glue patch – you should put some glue around the puncture, making sure you put just enough so you can successfully glue the patch to a tire.
But if you have a self-adhesive patch, all you have to do is remove the patch’s wrapper and lay it on top of the puncture.
Once you’ve applied the patch to the tire, make sure to keep the pressure on it for a couple of minutes. This will help glue connect better as it dries.
Put the Wheel Back Together
Now when you’ve successfully installed a tire patch, it’s time to assemble the tire back in the wheel and then install the wheel to your bike.
You should always place the inner tube first and then install the tire. You might find it easier to put the tire back together than taking it apart.
However, once you successfully install the tire back into the wheel – you should install the wheel to the bike.
Make sure you tighten the wheel accordingly so you experience troubles once you get back on the bike.
Note: I highly recommend pumping up the tire after you install the wheel back on the bike. The reason for this is that some V-brakes might give you trouble installing a fully pumped tire & wheel back to the bike. If you do not want to release the tension of V-brakes, make sure you pump up the tire after you install the wheel back in place.
Pump Up the Tire
The last thing you have to do is get your pump and pump up the tire. This is pretty self-explanatory process.
However, I highly recommend you to keep an eye out for the PSI your tires support. If you are not sure – have a look at the side of your tire as this is where you can find the recommended and maximum PSI for your tires.
Also, before going on a ride, you should ensure that your mini pump supports the valve of your bike’s tire. If it doesn’t, you don’t need to change the pump. Simply get an adapter to convert the pump to your bike’s valve.
Congratulations! You’re back on the road and hopefully, nothing will stop you now. Now when you know how to patch a bike tire – I’d want you to do one thing for me.
Whenever you see a cyclist in “trouble”, don’t hesitate to stop and see if you could help out. Some riders might end up stranded without puncture kit, tools, or spare tube – and you could save their day.
After all, that’s something you’d love to experience in case you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, right?
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