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How to Repair a Bike Puncture Guide + Video

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This guide to puncture repair will help you get back on your bike in no time.

How to Repair a Bike Puncture

If you ride your bike regularly, you'll probably end up with a puncture at some point. But it's easy to repair and we can help you get back on the saddle in no time!

Checklist for puncture repairs

  • Tyre lever
  • Spanner (if you have quick-release wheels, you don't need this!)
  • Bike pump
  • Repair kit

Part 1 - Taking out the inner tube

  1. Remove anything that may have caused the puncture, like a thorn or a nail.
  2. Loosen the wheel nuts with a spanner (or undo the quick release bolts if your bike has those instead). Check that the inner tube is deflated.
  3. Grab the wheel on the opposite side to the valve. Insert the flat end of a tyre lever into the gap, then hook the other end onto a spoke.
  4. Move the tyre around about 4-5 inches and do the same again with a second lever, working your way round the whole tyre using two or three levers.
  5. Remove the inner tube. When it's out, check the inside of the tyre to make sure that whatever caused your puncture is gone. Be careful not to cut your finger on any sharp objects left in the tyre!

Part 2 - Repairing the puncture

  1. Find where the puncture is. Either listen for air or put the tube in some water and look for bubbles. Mark the hole with the crayon.
  2. Roughen the area around the hole with sandpaper, then stick on the patch from the repair kit. Some patches are pre-glued, while others might come with a separate tube of vulcanising solution or rubber cement to stick them on with.
  3. Put a small amount of air in the tube, put it back into the wheel, then tuck the tyre back over the wheel rim.
  4. Push the valve back into the hole, seat the tyre and pull the valve back through.
  5. Pump the tyre back up to the correct pressure and put the wheel back on your bike.

Top tips!

If you get a puncture when you're out riding it's much easier to just replace the inner tube. Carry a spare inner tube when you're out and about and repair the punctured one when you get back home.

If you've had a puncture that has damaged your tyre, and you can see the tube poking through, you can use tape, a gel wrapper or something similar as a 'boot' to cover the hole and get you home. This only works for smaller holes in the tread area of the tyre, though, and is only a 'get you home' solution!

Halfords are here to help

We sell everything you need to repair a puncture. If you're missing anything or need any help, just pop into your local Halfords.

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