(upbeat music) – Now your e-bike tires are
the first point of contact, they can have a pretty hard time especially when you're
riding technical terrain. Splits in the side walls, big holes in the tires and punctures can bring a ride to a halt at any time. So today, we're taking a
look at how you can fix any flat on the side of the trail. – So first off I just want to mention that no matter what tire you've got, no matter what brand it is, whether you've got downhill casing, lightweight casing, puncture protection, you are going to get a puncture
at some point if you're riding. – So what actual tools do
we need to fix any flat? Well, let's take a look in my backpack. Decent set of tire levers. Tire plugs. Emergency tire boot. Traditional puncture repair kit. C02 canister. Mini pump. Inner tube. Let's talk about the different types of punctures you can
experience out on the trail.
First up, it's going to
be those foreign objects, little tiny tears you're
going to get in the tire. Now these should naturally seal with the tubeless sealant
you've got in your tire, assuming you're on top of
keeping that maintenance up. A lot of people think
that tubeless tire sealant is a fit and forget system that's
going to work at all times, now you actually need to be topping that sealant up every two to three months. Obviously it depends on how much you ride, where you store your bike, the temperature you ride, 'cause that can all affect how
the sealant's going to last. So just make sure you've actually got some sealant in your tire
before you start your ride because if you get a puncture,
it's simply not going to seal. So here's a little tip for you, if that tubeless sealant
isn't stopping the puncture and it's simply spurting
out all over the place, what I like to do, try to locate the hole and put it down at the lowest point and sit it in a puddle of sealant.
Just leave it there for a few minutes rocking it around just to get that sealant sloshing around. So it'll hopefully cover that hole plug it, then just check it now and again to make sure it's
actually sealing the hole and doing it's job. When it comes to re-inflating your tires, there's a couple of options. You've got this traditional mini-pump, which is a fail safe option,
nice and lightweight, stick that in your riding pack.
You just want to spend
a little bit more money when it comes to a mini-pump, just to make sure you're getting one with a decent volume in there. The cheap supermarket
pumps, they might be cheap, but they can take days to inflate a tire. Next up is going to be C02 canisters, these are really lightweight and a really good with keeping a lot of space saved in your riding pack. One hit wonder, inflate your
tire literally in seconds and can give a good snap
back to a tubeless set up to make sure your bead's
sat back on there. Tubeless technology has moved on massively over the last few years, but sometimes you're going
to get a hole in a tire that tubeless sealant won't seal alone. This is when you need to whip out your tubeless tire plugs. Let's take a look at
these tubeless tire plugs, they consist of a prong and a reamer that you push these tire
inserts into the tire, therefore you make the hole
in the tire a lot smaller and it lets the tire sealant actually do it's job by plugging the hole.
It's really important that
you keep these things dry and dust-free, 'cause if
they get wet and dusty they're not going to do their job. So here I've got a hole in my tire that isn't actually sealing
with a tire sealant alone, this is when its time to use a tire plug. Reduce the size of that hole and make the tubeless
tire sealant do its job. So firstly you need to locate
the hole in the tire itself, next up get your prong out, now this should have a reamer on it. Now what this basically does, is makes the hole a lot bigger, is ready to accept that tire plug. So find the hole, push your reamer in, really is going to let
a lot of pressure out, so just be aware that you're going to get a lot of pressure.
(tire hissing) Push it in. Get it down onto the knurled area 'cause this is actually
where it's going to file and remove some of that tire excess.
Wind it round a few times, in and out. And the hole becomes a lot bigger and is ready to accept that tire plug. Okay, next step is to get the prong out, get your tire insert in there, make sure it's located right in the middle so it's nice and central. When you pierce that tire, basically you want this to fold up you're going to have two little
tails sticking out of the tire. So once you've managed
to get the tire plug in it's time to remove the plug. Just make sure that the
tails are nice and even. Then what you do is just
give a quick pull up on the tool to remove it, then you just trim these excess tails down and apply a little bit of
vulcanizing rubber solution, 'cause it can creep out over time. Now what you need to do
is just leave the tire for a few minutes, let that
rubber solution do its job, make sure it's nice and dry, re-inflate the tire then hit the trails.
Now this isn't, by no
means a permanent solution to your flat tires, it's going to need attention
after a few months. You just need to get in
and either replace the tire or do a repair job from the inside. These tire plugs are
great at getting you home, but no means a permanent fix. Now a game-ender can
definitely be a tire slash, whether it's in the side wall of the tire, or the tire tread itself. Even all the tire plugs in the world aren't going to save your day, it's time to get old school. So the kit you're going to need to get yourself back on the trail and riding after a tire
slash is going old school, you're going to need an inner tube.
Now I tend to favor a 29-inch version, it just means it's quite universal from 650b to 29er's. And also the valve is a Presta valve, meaning you can fit it in
a Schrader rim as well. So just go, 29-inch, Presta valve. Tire boot, now you can get
traditional tire boots as well, I tend to favor the
proper tool for the job being a Park one. But yeah, I've seen lot
of bodges from duct tape to dollar bills, it's your choice, but you won't beat a proper tire boot. Now first up you need to
locate the slash in the tire, it should be fairly obvious, going to be a lot of air loss and obviously, a lot of sealant
around that area as well.
So I can see this one's on the side wall. So first step I need to remove
the tire from the rim itself. So I've found the slashed area on my tire and it's quite a big slash. So what I'm going to do now, is just clear all this sealant away, just give it a good
wipe around with a rag, I've got as well, just to make sure that the actual tire
boot is going to stick to the inside of the tire. So these tire boots are
just nice and sticky, a nice thick material.
You just remove the
backing, locate the slash, obviously it's nice and dry ready to go, insert the tire boot on it. Just make sure it's located good. So the tire boots firmly in place, it's sealed that slash really well. So all I need to do now
is stick my inner tube in. So I need to remove my
original tubeless valve just by undoing the
lock ring on the bottom, push it out of the rim. Now obviously, you're going to have a little bit of tire sealant
left in the bottom of the tire, what I tend to do is
just leave that in there, insert the inner tube and
tidy it up when I get home. So literally going to remove the valve, give it a quick push through and a wiggle, sometimes these can be a bit stubborn and give them a little
tap if they are stuck.
Just remove that tire valve. Then all we do is just simply
replace the inner tube. So there you go, the
tires back on the rim, the tube is inside. It's just worth just taking a little look through the side wall, just to make sure that
boot is nicely in place and don't forget, obviously
when you inflate the tire, that's going to be nicely locked
in there by the inner tube. Now all we've got to do is
just pump the tire back up and get on our way. So there you go, I really hope you've enjoyed today's video on fixing any flat on
the side of the trail. Hopefully it's going to save you from not pushing your bike home and getting those flats fixed.
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