FIRST PUNCTURE: Please Help!!!!!

Westyorkie
Westyorkie Posts: 45
edited May 2010 in Road beginners
Just got my first flat tyre on my Trek 1.1 bike.... how on earth do I sort it out....??? Are the tyres tubeless? if not.... what next? how do i get it off the rim..... AAARRGGGHHHH!!!! Please please help....

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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,490
    TYRE-Levers.gif


    and

    2-thumbs-up.jpg
  • Westyorkie
    Westyorkie Posts: 45
    not exactly the help i was looking for.... :shock:
  • taz3611
    taz3611 Posts: 172
    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=100

    and

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=149

    should explain everything. I always check the Parktools website when starting to do a new repair
  • I had this problem the other day. My first puncture, luckily I had only rode to my mums house so had somewhere to stay while fixing it. Getting the tyre and inner tube off was the easy part, its getting the tyre back on after I had put the inner tube in that was the problem
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Tubless tyres are available, but they'll be normal clincher wheels and inner tube tyres on your Trek.

    This is like "Why don't you?" - remember that program? :lol: Anyway, you will need:

    2 x tyre levers (the first of Rick's pictures)
    2 x thumbs
    1 x new tube (700 x 20-28C depending on the tyre size, which will be on the tyre)
    1 x puncture repair kit

    Use the levers and thumbs to take the tyre off the rim and remove the inner tube. Check the tyre for evidence of what caused the puncture - thorn, glass etc might still be in there and give you another p*******. When you're ready to fit the new tube (tyre half on at this point), put a small amount of air in it to give it some shape; thread the valve through the hole and feed the tube into the tyre. Last task (before fully inflating) is to fit the tyre beads into the hooks on the rims making sure you don't pinch the inner tube in the process.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79cmQlACL6s

    Then you can patch your old tube and use it as a spare.
    Ben

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  • Westyorkie
    Westyorkie Posts: 45
    Thanks Ben, managed to do it!!!! Maybe I can get back on this avo!!!! So much for a full day in the saddle today... was looking forward to that too! D'Oh!
  • Westyorkie
    Westyorkie Posts: 45
    last thick question... is that top little screw in the presta valve meant to be loose or tight?
  • ratsbeyfus
    ratsbeyfus Posts: 2,841
    tight.


    I had one of them red bikes but I don't any more. Sad face.

    @ratsbey
  • Aggieboy
    Aggieboy Posts: 3,996
    Tight. You only undo it to pump up your tyre.
    "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world, t'would be a pity to damage yours."
  • ColinJ
    ColinJ Posts: 2,218
    Westyorkie wrote:
    last thick question... is that top little screw in the presta valve meant to be loose or tight?
    Loose when pumping air into the tube (you may have to press the end bit in to 'unstick' it before you start pumping), tighten it up when you have finished pumping.
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    just snug to the rim
    Ben

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  • Westyorkie
    Westyorkie Posts: 45
    Thanks Guys.... got it sorted.... right off back out again now.... and I've learnt my lesson about not carrying a spare!!!
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Even if you'd had a spare, you'd have had to come back to post on here to beable to use it!... :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • Bunneh
    Bunneh Posts: 1,329
    Bad Hopper :)

    Ah yes punctures, had my fair share over the years. Snake bites mostly but sometimes you hit a lump of metal and it rips your tyre off. When you replace as many as I have you develop SUPER THUMBS which no longer need 2 tyre levers but one. I've even been known to use my quick release flappy things.

    Oh and Westy, I suspect most of us carry a spare just not in the way you're thinking :) *walks off jiggling*