How to fix a bike puncture and mend an inner tube

Become your own mechanic and banish the fear of getting a flat out on a ride.

In this image of how to fix a puncture is the lower half of a rider holding a front wheel in their right hand and the rest of the bike in their left, while standing on a road with a sandy background.
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Getting a flat tyre anywhere or anytime is annoying, but if you don't know how to fix it, it can be a scary predicament. 

Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.