Fix A Flat Tire Without A New Inner Tube

If you have ever ridden a bike chances are you have experienced a flat tire at least once in your life. Whether you walk in your garage and the inner tube has gone bad, or you're in the middle of a trail on a mountain bike ride a flat tire can get you at anytime. If you do not know how to fix a flat, do not have a spare tube, or a pump you may have a long walk back to your house or car. There are ways to fix a flat without a new tube, they may not be permanent fixes, but, they will last long enough to get you home or back to your car. The one tool you will need is a pump and maybe tire irons, without a pump you might as well start walking.

The first method is pretty simple and most people may already know about it, but, you can use a product called slime. Slime is a substance you put in your inner tubes that will find and seal holes in your inner tubes as soon as the hole is formed. If you have a flat you can put slime in your inner tube and it will fix the flat as long as you follow the instructions and the flat is not too big. You can also use a patch kit if you happen to have one with you, but, Slime is an easier solution.

The second method is properly a trick that most people are not aware of but can be a life saver if you are stranded in the middle of a trail or road. You take your tire off the rim and pull out the inner tube. You need to find the hole, which can be done by pumping the inner tube with air, and listen for the air seeping out or rub salvia over the inner tube until your find the hole. Once you find the hole cut the tube directly on the hole. You will now have one long inner tube. You need to tie off both ends of the tube and put it back underneath your tire. Put the tire back on the rim and pump it full of air. You should now be able to ride your bike, granted there was only one hole. It may not be the smoothest ride but it will at least get you back home or to your car.

These simple tricks can make bicycling experience more enjoyable, but, always remember to be prepared and bring a spare tube, tire irons, and a pump on all your rides.

By: Brandon Lucero