Here’s a few tips to help minimise your chances of getting a puncture;
- Try to avoid obvious areas of road debris
- Keep your tyres correctly inflated – we always have a pump outside during opening hours
- Don’t ride right up to the curb – the camber of the road means all the dirt & debris is washed to the edge of the road when it rains
- Check your tyres regularly for bits of glass etc stuck in the tread – pick them out carefully with tweezers
- Ensure that when you fit a new tube the valve is perpendicular to the rim and not bent over
- If you keep your bike outside keep it covered to help prevent the tyres from perishing – BikeParka’s are back in stock!
- Try to avoid potholes – not that easy in London!
- Once your tyres start to wear/puncture regularly bite the bullet and upgrade to something stronger – it will be cheaper in the long run
Tools you need to fix a puncture;
- Spanner – if you have nutted axles
- Security key – if you have Pitlocks etc
- Inner tube – it’s better to put in a new tube and repair the damaged one once you reach your destination
- Patche kit – always good as a backup incase you really unlucky and get more punctures that you have tubes!
- One/two tyre levers – some tyres come off easily but many don’t
- Pump/CO2 inflater – no point putting in a new tube if you can’t inflate it!
If you’re not comfortable/confident enough to fix a puncture/replace a tube/tyre on your bike why not book yourself onto our Park Tool School Foundation evening courses… Dates are being announced soon!