There’s nothing more deflating than making plans for a bike ride and getting everything together, only to discover that one of your tires is flat (get it, deflating?). It can really let the air out of your day (get it, let the air out?).
We have a feeling there are thousands of bikes sitting in garages, locked to railings and leaning on basement walls that are just a new tube away from being perfectly rideable again. We also know that it can be hard to prioritize fixing a flat when you’ve got so many other things going on. School, work and errands always seem to be getting in the way.
That’s why we’ve officially declared that today is Fix-a-Flat day! Grab those tire levers, prime that pump and prepare to get your hands a little dirty—or pass your bike to someone else who can do it for you.
Learn how to fix a flat (and prep for your next one)
Fixing a flat tire is a pretty simple task and it requires only a few essential and affordable tools. Once you learn how to do it, you’ll feel confident that you can ride wherever your whims take you, without needing to stick close to home. Below are a few helpful videos that teach the process. Before you hit the road, make sure you’re ready if you hit another thorn, some broken glass or a stray nail. A tube, a pair of tire levers and a pump, that’s all you need to keep the air pressure where it should be.
Take your bike to your local bike shop
We love bikes shops and mechanics. Despite the fact that fixing a flat is easy, there’s nothing wrong with needing a little help. If you don’t feel ready to fix your flat on your own, dig under the couch cushions for spare change and head to your neighborhood bike shop. Your favorite friendly mechanic will be able to swap in a new tube in no time probably for $10 or less. This is also where you’ll be able to grab more spare tubes, tire levers and a small pump—everything you need to fix your next flat on your own.
Here's a list of bike shops across the U.S. that are offering special promotions for flat fixing on June 20.
Fix a friend’s flat
Already know how to fix a flat and have your bikes in fine working order? Share that ‘I can go on a ride whenever I want to’ feeling by checking on friends and neighbors to see if they’re in as great shape as you are. You’re likely to find a bike that needs a little love in the possession of someone who just hasn’t gotten around to the task. Teaching someone this simple skill can be empowering for the teacher and the student and it’s the perfect start to an afternoon ride once the bike is ready to roll.
Knowing how to do basic repairs on a bike builds confidence and flat fixing is the perfect skill to start with. It’s pretty simple, the parts and tools are affordable and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Get a start on your summer riding by rescuing the nearest bike with a flat tire today.
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