Bike basics: Surviving the flats

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Bike basics: Surviving the flats

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Bike basics: Surviving the flats

Sooner or later, you’ll be plagued by the dreaded flat tire. Remember to pull off the road, as this wise cyclist did, before making the repairs.
1. Removing the tire: You may need a tire lever to lift the tire’s bead off the rim.
2. The new tube: Add just a little air to a new tube – with pump or CO2 cartridge – to give it some shape before placing it back into the tire.
3. Back on the bike: Line up the chain correctly, then push down on the derailleur to help pop the wheel back into the rear dropouts.
Darian Harvey of Mountain Bike Specialists places the rim of a bike down after removing the tire and tube to fix a flat.
Darian Harvey of Mountain Bike Specialists places the chain back onto gears, one of the final steps of fixing a flat tire.
Darian Harvey of Mountain Bike Specialists releases a little air from a tube to assist getting the final part of a tire back onto the wheel rim after fixing a flat.
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