How to Fix a Flat Bike Tire

Don’t let your fear of a flat deflate your cycling plans. This quick tutorial will help you get back on the road again in no time.

Fix a Flat Bike Tire

Changing a bike tire is a vital skill for any cyclist — and it’s easier than you might think. Practicing this method at home can help put your mind at ease before your next outing.

What you’ll need: A basic repair kit with a pump, tire levers, and extra tubes.

Start by removing the wheel: Disconnect your brakes with the brake release or squeeze the brake arms together and pull the cable from the slot. Swing the wheel’s quick-release lever out and loosen the nut from the other side. To remove the rear wheel, shift up and turn the pedals until your chain is on the smallest cog, turn the bike over, and open the quick-release.

Now you’re ready to repair the flat.

demo fix a flat bike tire

is an Experience Life associate editor.

Illustrations by Colin Hayes

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