Ride bikes enough and you’ll see—flats happen. It comes with the territory; it’s part of the deal. But learn how to fix ‘em, and it won’t be a deal breaker. Here’s how in 10 simple steps!
1. First, remove the cap (and the nut, if it’s a Presta valve).
2. Always start on the opposite side of the valve; it’s the loosest part and easiest to work with, unless you’re the Incredible Hulk.
3. Now, grab your tire lever. Hook it under the bead, and push AWAY from your body. It’s all about leverage!
4. Go all the way around, unseating the bead from just one side.
5. Remove the tube and make sure whatever caused the flat isn’t still there—like glass or thorns. Ouch! You can use your finger or a cloth to make a clean sweep, just be careful.
6. Now, grab a new tube and give it some shape with a couple pumps of air.
7. Then, put your valve back in through the rim.
8. Starting at the valve, tuck the tube and tire back in all around the rim. Try using the palm of your hand for leverage--a tool will work, but be careful of giving yourself a new flat!
9. Now, give it a good wiggle to make sure everything’s in place.
10. Finally, it’s time to pump it up (to the proper PSI of course), replace the nut on a Presta, tighten the valve tip and the cap. And that’s a wrap!