To replace or to repair the inner tube, that is the question!

It's a piece of cake.

Just imagine that you are out on your bike and all of a sudden you get a flat tyre. You can get a puncture at any time. If you are well-prepared though you will have a replacement inner tube with you and can change it quickly.

Replace the damaged inner tube

In our step-to-step video we show you how to replace an inner tube in no time even if you haven’t got a lot of experience. This allows you to continue your enjoyable cycle tour straight away!

What’s included in our service set?

Vital items in a cycle set include:

  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tyre levers
  • Bike pump
  • Puncture repair set

How to change the inner tube

1. In order to change an inner tube, the first thing that you need to do is to remove the wheel. To do so you need to release the brakes. The easiest way to do this is to put the bike upside down as this also makes the next stage easier.

2. Most bikes have got quick-release wheels and so do our Eurobike bicycles. To remove a wheel, simply lift up the quick-release lever and turn it in anti-clockwise direction until you can remove it. Remove the wheel.

3. We now need to get to the damaged inner tube. To do so you will need two tyre levers. Push the curved end of the first tyre lever under the bead of the tyre and lever it so that it goes under the tyre. Do this until you can do so by hand.

4. Now remove the valve cap, let some air out if necessary, remove the nut and pull the inner tube out of the rim.

5. Before putting in the new inner tube, check the tyre for the cause of the puncture. Feel for any thorns, sharp fragments or stones to avoid getting another puncture in just a few metres time.

6. Now you can put the new inner tube through the valve opening, carefully push the inner tube under the tyre and slowly start pumping it up checking that it is in place. Make sure it is not caught on anything. Through an almost kneading-like action you can make sure that the inner tube is sitting correctly inside the tyre.

7. You now need your tyre levers again: with the curved side at the bottom, lever the tyre bead back into the rim. Do this around the whole tyre - towards the end you need more strength to do so. The last section can be done best by hand (BE CAREFUL: don’t catch the inner tube with the tyre levers)

8. Once the tyre is back on properly, you can pump up the inner tube and reattach the tyre. To return the back wheel, the chain needs to be relaxed. Put the wheel in place and then attach it with the quick-release. Turn the bike back over, reattach the brakes and continue with your cycle ride. 

Repairing an inner tube

It is never particularly pleasant repairing an inner tube whilst out cycling. Therefore we suggest having a spare inner tube that you can use. If you are feeling motivated after your cycle ride, then you can repair your damaged inner tube very quickly and then use it as another reserve inner tube.

 

Robi on the bike
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