Learn How To Repair Bike Puncture

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It’s not cheap to buy good, quality inner tubes these days, so it’s not a bad idea to learn how to repair them yourself if you get a puncture. first. Now, these days you can get self-adhesive patches which are perfect for a quick trail side fix, but if you’re at home, the safer option is still your traditional puncture repair kit. A lot of these come with a pair of tire levers in order to get the tire off in the first place, and all of them will come with glue, some sandpaper in order to rough up the surface of the inner tube which aids the adhesion of the patches. And you get various patches in different sizes. Now, you might wonder why you need different sizes of patches. The reason that is, of course, if you’ve got a small thorn going into the tire, then you just need one single, small patch. But if you’ve got a snakebite puncture, which is quite common on a mountain bike, which is where the tire compresses against the rim, you can often get two holes away from each other. In that instance, one of the larger patches is more adequate. Right, so the first thing you’re going to have to do is locate where the hole is on the tube. And for that, you’re going to need to inflate it using a pump. If you’ve got a very large hole, it’s going to be immediately obvious exactly where the air is escaping from. If it’s slightly smaller, then what you can do is run the inner tube next to your ear and often you can hear where the air is seeping out. If you can’t hear it, if it’s a particularly small hole, then the next step is to take your inner tube to a sink, and that way you’ll b able to see where the bubbles are escaping from. Okay, so make sure that your valve is do ne up and gradually submerge the inner tube in the water. So this one’s pretty obvious exactly where it is. See? A lot of air coming out. So once you’ve located it, be certain to dry it off, and then you want to mark where it is so that you don’t lose it again. A lot of puncture repair kits will come with some chalk to do this, but anything that allows you to locate it, a pen, just so that you don’t lose where that hole is. Okay, once you’ve marked where the hole is you can let the rest of the air out of the inner tube by undoing the valve and pressing it in. The next thing we want to do is take our small piece of sandpaper and just rough up the surface all the way around our small hole. And as I said, that will help the adhesive of the glue in the patch when we come to put that on. The next step is to put the actual glue on, itself. Now, most of the instructions say apply sparingly, and that is an important note to make. You don’t want to put too much on. A little goes a long way. Once you’ve applied the glue, you need to wait for it to dry slightly, which takes around five minutes, perfect for a cup of tea or coffee if you’re in learn more

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