A cycling holiday is an adventure in itself. However, if you get a puncture while on holiday, then knowing how to fix a puncture will mean you don’t have to stress. On pretty much all our cycling holidays you will receive a handy puncture repair kit. We say nearly all, as some of our tours offer a bike exchange system which works well for beginners and families. If you wish to take your own spare inner tubes and puncture repair kits then please do. Here are 9 easy steps to help you fix a puncture.
9 Steps On How To Fix A Puncture
Step 1 – Remove Wheel
Most wheels will have a quick-release skewer. If removing the back wheel, then it is best to put it in the smallest sprocket first before removing, which is the smallest ring.
Step 2 – Use Tyre Levers
You will need to remove the tyre from the wheel. Use the tyre levers to push the tyre up and to create a gap. You can move the tyre levers around the wheel to remove the tyre
Step 3 – Remove Inner Tube
After creating a gap, you should be able to access the inner tube and remove it.
Step 4 – Find The Hole
The easiest way we find to find the hole s to place the tyre into some water and pump up the tyre at the same time. This creates air bubbles so you can locate the hole. However, if no water is about then pumping up the tyre and feeling the tyre for air escaping will also work. Once you have located the hole, you can then repair the hole with your repair kit. If you can’t repair your tyre then use your spare inner tube until you get to your destination where you can fix it.
Step 5 – Check The Tyre
Always check the tyre in case there is a foreign object still stuck in there (glass/stone etc) You don’t want to puncture again. You can do this by running your fingers around the inside and outside on the tyre. If your tyre has a big hole in it then you can use some cardboard from the inner tube box to prevent objects going through the gap and making you puncture again.
Step 6 – Replace Tube
Now it is time to refit the new or repaired tube. Put it deflated inside the rim and underneath the tyre. Put a tiny bit of air into the innertube and push the tyre back onto the wheel rim. Make sure not to pinch the inner tube while doing this. You can also use your tyre levers to help, but ideally, just use your fingers.
Step 7 – Check Tyre
Make sure the inner tube isn’t caught anywhere around the wheel. If it is and you proceed it will blow.
Step 8 – Pump It Back Up
Now it is time to pump the tyre back up to the correct pressure.
Step 9 – Replace the Wheel
Put the wheel back on and do up the quick release skewers.
Now its time to get back on your bike and enjoy the rest of your cycle ride. Have you ever had a puncture while out and about on your bike?