How To Fix A Flat Tire

Sooner or later, you'll ride over some glass or perhaps hit a rut or hole and get a flat tire. When this happens, don't panic! As long as you carry a few basic tools (photo), flat repair is easy -- even fun! Here's how it's done:

You'll need (l to r): a pump (carried on your bike or in a pack),
a spare tube (to replace the popped one) and tire levers (for removing the tire).
(photos), which makes it easier to get the wheel out. Open sidepull brakes by fully rotating the little lever on the brake upwards (a). Open linear-pulls (also called "V-brakes") by lifting the end of the "noodle" out of its holder (b). Some sidepulls are opened by pressing a button on the lever. Look for this if there's no lever on the brake. Open cantilever brakes (these feature a cable that runs over the top of the tire) by lifting the cable end on one side out of its holder. Tips
  • Be safe! Work off the road/trail so a semi doesn't flatten you!
  • While it's possible to get the flat tire through the brake without opening it, it won't be so easy reinstalling the wheel when it's fully inflated. That's why we recommend opening the brake first.
  • If you have disk brakes, there's nothing to open. The wheel will come right out of the brake with no muss, no fuss. Cool.">
    (photos), which makes it easier to get the wheel out. Open sidepull brakes by fully rotating the little lever on the brake upwards (a). Open linear-pulls (also called "V-brakes") by lifting the end of the "noodle" out of its holder (b). Some sidepulls are opened by pressing a button on the lever. Look for this if there's no lever on the brake. Open cantilever brakes (these feature a cable that runs over the top of the tire) by lifting the cable end on one side out of its holder. Tips
  • Be safe! Work off the road/trail so a semi doesn't flatten you!
  • While it's possible to get the flat tire through the brake without opening it, it won't be so easy reinstalling the wheel when it's fully inflated. That's why we recommend opening the brake first.
  • If you have disk brakes, there's nothing to open. The wheel will come right out of the brake with no muss, no fuss. Cool." data-width="380px" data-height="208px" data-thumbnail="/images/library/site/maintenance_howtofixaflat_openbrake_lg.jpg">
  • Step 1: Open the brake