How to repair a punctured tube (video)

Everything you need to know about fixing a punctured tube, including how to do it and what tools you'll need

Unfortunately, flat tyres are all too common and, if you ride a lot, you’re going to be seeing a lot of them.

Pluys they’re a bit of double whammy when you consider how expensive it is to keep buying new tubes every time you flat.

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Fortunately, you can save some cash by repairing your tubes with our handy guide.

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Your first job is to get the wheel off the bike. Once that’s done, you can get to work getting the tyre off of the rim.

Preferably, this will done with your hands, but if the tyre is being particularly stubborn you can use some tyre levers. Once one side of the tyre is unseated, you can then get the tube out of the tyre.

Locating the hole in the tube is your next job. Inflate the tube slightly, then listen for where the air is escaping – how easy this is depends on the size of the hole.

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Once you’ve found the hole in the tube, it’s time to get the puncture repair kit out. Begin by rubbing the area around the hole with the sandpaper in the box – this helps the patch stick much better.

Next, take the glue and spread a layer around the hole, making sure it remains in the middle of the spread. Once the glue becomes tacky, it’s time to fit the patch.

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Remove the backing from the patch and pop it straight on the hole. You’ll want to apply pressure to it and leave it a couple of minutes to make sure it’s firmly stuck.

The next step is probably the most important – checking the tyre for damage. It’s important to make sure there are no thorns or bits of debris that’ll ruin your freshly patched tube.

Once done, it’s just case of fitting the tube. Make sure it’s sitting correctly in the rim otherwise it will explode when your inflate it.