What do I do if I get a flat tire?

A flat will slow you down, but if you pack some essential bike maintenance tools on your ride, you can get back on the road in no time! Always carry the following to be prepared:

  • Extra tire tube(s) or a patch kit

  • C02 cartridges and an adaptor or a hand pump to inflate the tube

  • Two tire levers to remove the tire from the wheel

When you get a flat on a bike, it’s actually the inflatable tube that needs more air or possibly changed if it has a hole or leak. If you just need more air, use the hand pump to inflate the tire. If you need to change the tire, check out this easy-to-follow video demonstration of changing out a flat.

Taking a hands-on class to learn how to change a flat tire can help you feel confident in your skills and ready for this scenario. Take a look at these places that offer tire changing and bike maintenance classes:

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