Don't let a puncture deflate your ride. If you've run out of tubes, or don't have B.A.M! to hand, it's worth knowing how to repair a punctured bike tyre. Here're our handy tips to repairing your inner tube using our Puncture Patches.
You may think that using Puncture Patches seems old school, but repairing an inner tube is an important skill to have. Whether you're stuck on a trail, want to do your bit for the planet, or just fancy saving your hard-earned cash, our Puncture Patches can save the day and you can get back to having fun on the trails and crunching the KMs on the road!
What you'll need:
How to repair an inner tube
- STEP 1: Remove the wheel from the bike (either using the quick release lever, if your bike has one, or by removing the thru-axle using an allen key).
- STEP 2: Fully deflate the tyre. If you have a Presta valve, unwind the valve core and depress it. If your have a Schrader valve, simply depress the centre to release air.
- STEP 3: Separate the tyre from the rim.
- STEP 4: Use Rim Stix Tyre Levers to remove the tyre and pull away from the rim.
- STEP 5: Inspect your tyre and inner tube visually to check for any large, sharp objects. Then carefully run your hands around the tyre and inner tube to check for what might have caused the puncture (e.g. a thorn or piece of glass!) and remove accordingly. If you still can't find the cause of the puncture, inflate your tube a little and listen to see if you can hear where the air might be escaping from.
- STEP 6: Once located, sand down the punctured area on the inner tube, then pump a little air into the inner tube to give it shape, but not too much that it stretches out.
- STEP 7: Time to get the Puncture Patches out!
- STEP 8: Hold a clean finger over the hole to prevent too much air from escaping, peel off a patch and place it so the puncture is in the centre.
- STEP 9: Starting from the centre, press down firmly, working your way out to the sides.
- STEP 10: Repeat to ensure a strong bond is achieved.
- STEP 11: Re-fit the inner tube inside your tyre and inflate to the specified PSI.
And that's it, you should be good to rock and roll! 🤘