Introduction

You will be taking the wheel off of your bike, removing the tire from the wheel, and patching the hole.

Notes:

  • Make sure that the wheel is fully deflated throughout the process, except for finding the hole.
  • When applying the rubber cement to the hole, the thinner the layer the better, for faster drying.
  1. Flip the quick release lever on the wheel.
    • Flip the quick release lever on the wheel.

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  2. Squeeze the brake arms together and lift the brake cable from the caliper arms.
    • Squeeze the brake arms together and lift the brake cable from the caliper arms.

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    • Hold the wheel to the ground, and pull the bike frame up and away to remove the wheel from the bike.

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    • Press the valve core while applying pressure to the tire to deflate the tire.

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    • Insert the flat part of a tire lever under the tire coping. Apply pressure to the other end of the lever to lift the tire up and out of the wheel.

    • Slide the lever around the circumference of the wheel to completely remove the tire.

      • Alternatively, if you have multiple tire levers, see if you can clip the first lever to a spoke to keep it in place. Then insert the second lever a few inches away. Clip it to a spoke. Insert the third lever a few more inches along. Take out the second lever and insert it it a few inches past the third. Work along the rim until the tire pops off.

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    • Remove the tube by pushing the valve through the hole in the rim and pulling the tube out from under the tire.

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    • Press the valve core while applying pressure to the tire to deflate the tire.

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    • Insert the flat part of a tire lever under the tire coping. Apply pressure to the other end of the lever to lift the tire up and out of the wheel.

    • Slide the lever around the circumference of the wheel to completely remove the tire.

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    • Remove the tube by pushing the valve through the hole in the rim and pulling out completely.

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    • Locate the leak by first over inflating the tire.

    • Place the tire under water and look for bubbles to find the leak.

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    • Mark the hole with a marker, and completely deflate the tire.

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    • Select a patch kit that you will use to patch the hole. Try to pick a patch that is appropriate for the size of the hole.

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    • Clean the area near the hole with soap and water, then dry it thoroughly.

    • Rough up the area around the hole with an abrasive surface such as sand paper until the area around the leak loses its shine.

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    • Apply rubber cement to an area around the hole that is bigger than the patch to ensure that the patch bonds completely.

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    • Apply the patch to the area.

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    • Apply pressure to the patch until the rubber cement is dry.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your wheel, follow these instructions in reverse order starting at step three.

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