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Fixing a Flat is easy !
Just follow these simple rules : Necessary tools : Two tire irons ( or straight screw drivers ) , spare tube , Correct sized wrench to fit the axel nut .
1 . Loosen the axle nuts and remove the wheel from the frame . If it's the rear wheel , also remove the chain from sprocket and freewheel .
2 . Make sure all the air is out of the tire .
3 . Use the tire irons to pry one side ( or bead ) of the tire out of the rim . Use one tire iron to pry the tire over the rim and use the spoke lock to keep it in place by hooking it under a spoke . Next , insert the second tire iron under the bead and run it slowly along the rim, lifting the bead until one side is free and resting over the rim .
4 . Push the valve stem of the bad tube through the rim until the stem is free . Begin removing the tube , starting with the valve , from the inside of the entire tire .Make sure one bead of the tire stays inside the rim , and the other bead stays completely outside the rim .
5 . Next , inspect the inside of the rim for anything that could cause a puncture and remove it .
6 . It is now time to replace the tube . Follow patch instructions for repair , or start with a new tube .
7 . Inflate the new tube just enough to give it shape .
8 . Insert the valve stem trough the hole in the rim . Carefully work the tube between the rim and under the tire until it is completely around the rim . ( if you have a presta valve , secure the stem ring now) .
9 . Insert the tire bead back inside the entire rim . Begin on the opposite side of the valve , and press the bead back over the rim . ( It helps to " work " the bead up and over the rim with your thumbs ) . Be careful not to pinch the tube in this process . The last section of the tube may be difficult , so kneed the tire with slightly more force and set the bead back in place . Do a complete check to be sure the tube is completely inside the tire .
10. Inflate the new tube a little at a time and check for bulges along the side of the tire. Deflate , if there is a bulge , and check to make sure the tire is seated in the rim . Inflate once again , a little at a time to the proper air pressure .
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