Owning your very first bike can bring a great deal of joy and independence. However, in order to take good care of your purchase, it is important to understand how the bike operates and how to fix it as time goes by. One repair that it is particularly useful to know is how to fix your bike's flat tyre. This is a simple do-it-yourself task, but you must make sure that you have the right tyre tools, a tube replacement, a tube patch, and an air pump.
Complete tyre tool kits and bike tyre parts can be easily purchased from eBay. This kit is carries a weight that is conveniently manageable. The required tools are similar to the size of a pen, which make them all the more convenient to be carried in a tiny pouch on your bike. If you keep this tiny pouch with you, then you will be prepared if your bike's tyre unexpectedly blows out or leaking air. A standard kit, which comes complete with a spare tube and a frame-mounted air pump, is normally stored under the bike's small ergonomically-designed seat. Sometimes it is strapped firmly against the vertical or the transverse frame of the bike. If you have knowledge and the right tools, then you will be equipped for the event of a flat tyre.
An excellent way to find good quality bike tyres and tool kits is to shop eBay Stores. Be sure to communicate with the eBay Community to exchange ideas and get excellent advice. Before you purchase supplies, research the eBay seller to ensure that your transaction is secure and positive. Here are some important questions to consider before you purchase a bike tyre or tool kit.
1. How many negative versus positive responses does the seller have?
2. What do eBay buyers say about their bike tyres in the feedback?
3. How many bike tyres sales has the eBay seller completed?
4. Is there a money-back guarantee provided by the seller for their bike tyres?
5. What are the seller's terms and conditions?
Stop riding as soon as you realize that you have a tyre losing air. If you continue to ride then you may cause more damage than that which was initially sustained. The rims of the metal wheel could also become seriously damaged. The frame that the tyre sits on is called the wheel. Once you've discovered that the tyre is flat, mount the entire bike or the section of the bike with the flat tyre. Make sure it's stable. Loosen the nuts and allow the quick release mechanism to slide out. The brake, which also has quick release mechanism, may need to be loosened in order to free the flat tyre from its grip. If the rear tyre is flat, make sure to hoist it clear of the chain.
Kits generally come equipped with a tyre lever, which you will need to wedge between the tyre and the rim so as to lift the tyre over and off the rim without causing further damage to the already flat tyre. As you move along the circumference of the wheel, continue with a methodical four-inch pry until the tyre is completely removed from the rim. The first lever's tail needs to be placed around a spoke. With the second one, the tyre needs to be pulled over the rim. After an entire side has been completed, the rim needs to have the tyre and tube pulled off.
After you remove the tyre, the valve stem must then be removed with care. The stem is actually a metal valve that protrudes through the rim and allows you to inflate the tube to which it is attached. This valve, also, is found at the outer parts of the circumference of the rim. Once you've located the valve, use your thumb and index finger and push the valve up through the hole in the rim so that it's completely clear of the rim.
The rubber item that is filled with air is called the tube. You can easily separate the tube from the tyre with your bare hands. Be certain of the original position of the tube before making any attempts to remove it. After the tube has been removed from the tyre and you have identified the punctured area, you can now determine whether it would be wise to patch the tube, or discard it and replace it with a new one. If any tiny road hazards caused your tyre to puncture, thoroughly check the interior of the tyre to determine if the object is still present in the punctured area. If the object is still lodged in the tyre, carefully remove it. If you do not, the threatening object could continue to cause serious damage to the new tube that you are going to put in.
Once you have successfully separated the deflated tube from the tyre, immediately search for the area of the tube that is damaged and determine if the state of the damage can be patched. If the puncture is large, otherwise known as a blowout, you will have to replace the entire tube. Also, if the valve is badly torn, a total tube replacement will be required. Once you determine the hole can be patched, reach for the Slime that should be in the tyre tool kit. The Slime is a non-toxic substance that you will put inside the tube. This substance seals any small punctures automatically. The glue should be applied to the area with the leak. However, spread the glue slightly over the puncture as well. Before you add the patch, wait approximately five minutes. If the patch is applied to a wet space then the bond will not last. The Slime only works with standard Schraeder tubes. You will not be able to apply the Slime on Presta tubes because their valves cannot be removed. After you have applied the slime, make sure that the tube valve is pointing down in the 12 o'clock position before putting air in it. Otherwise, the substance will be moved in an attempt to get out and clog the valve.
As you fit the tube back into the tyre, the tube must be deflated. Put a little air in it so that it will have a slight form. After this, examine the tube for any crimp or twist at any point. Correct these by smoothing them with your finger, and check that the stem is pointing towards the centre of the rim. If you're experiencing difficulty inserting the tube into tyre add a little air so that the tube will hold firm in the tyre.
As you reintroduce the tire back onto the rim, make sure that you are lining up the valve stem with the rim's hole. Stick the valve through the valve hole. Using the same strategy to remove the tyre from the rim, you must work methodically by easing the tube onto the rim. Carefully guide the valve stem back into the rim's hole. Make sure that the valve stem is completely out of the rim's hole and not leaning in any direction. If the valve stem is tilting, it means that the tube is not properly centred over the hole. Simply slide the tyre and tube around the rim to correct it. If you are having some difficulty getting the tyre on the rim, try releasing some more air.
With your hands, check repeatedly to make sure the second edge of the tyre is securely on the rim. The difficulty will increase slightly, but you will need to use the tyre levers to slip the last part of the tyres onto the rim. Wedge the tire tools against the rim below the edge of the section of the tyre that still needs to go on by working the lever to bring the edge over the rim until the entire tyre is securely back on the rim. Now, check around the sides of the rim to make sure that the complete edge of the tyre inside the rim. The tube should not be visible at any point between the tyre and the rim.
With the pump you bought from an online marketplace, inflate the tire to the suggested pressure on the sidewall of the tyre. Release all the air from the tyre again to smooth any pinches in the tube. As you introduce air into the tube again, check with your fingers to ensure tyre is becoming consistently firm. If an area of the tyre is unevenly inflated, such as a bubble, it means that the tube is pinched or twisted inside the tire and needs to be reset. Deflate the tube and shift the tube and tyre around the rim to correct the pinch or twist. Once again you can try to inflate the tube. Make sure that the top of the valve returned.
Once it has been successfully inflated, the wheel can now be reassembled. Reattach the nuts and quick-release mechanism, reset the brakes, and replace the chain. Make sure that there's a proper wheel alignment. The wheel should spin smoothly without any wobbling.
Before you hop on for a ride, use your hand to test the wheel for wobbles or rubbing against the brake pads. Make sure that the axle is secure in the drop-outs. A concise checklist is a great way to inspect your bike before you set off on an enjoyable ride. If your bike tyre needs to be replaced then there is a wide selection of tyres on eBay.