My husband is Mr. Fix-It, which is super lucky because I am Mrs. Break-It, so if I want to be able to do certain things on my own (like fix a flat tire on my stroller), I have to keep instructions handy.
Ps. I am quite the expert on this now because the front tire of my stroller has had a flat three times in the last couple of months!
Alright, so let’s get down to the dirty details.
- Patch kit
- Two tire removers (you can also use screwdrivers, but this is not recommended because they are sharp and can accidentally poke more holes in your tube)
- Bike pump
- Bucket of water (or you can use a sink)
Quick Instructions (I keep these written out on a little piece of paper that stays with my patch kit in the pouch of my stroller):
- Take wheel off
- Use 2 tire removers to lift one side of tire off
- Take tube cap off (put in safe place)
- Take tube out
- Pump tube up with air and put in water to find all holes
- While pumped, rough up around hold and follow instructions from patch kit
- Let air out
- Put tube back in tire
- Push tire back in place using tire removers
- Pump tube
- Put tube cap back on
- Put wheel back on
- To lift one side of the tire off, use the hook end of the tire removers. You will use one tire remover to lift off the tire in one spot, and then use the second to do the same a few inches over, and then slide it along the side towards the first tire remover to lift the space in between, and then from there you can go outwards to lift the rest of the tire side.
- To find the holes, submerge part of the tube in water and slowly rotate the entire tube through looking for air bubbles to rise to the surface of the water to indicate where the hole is. Make sure you do this very thoroughly as you may have more than one hole.
- To let air out of the tube, use something small to poke the little center metal thing in the nozzle.
BONUS: To help prevent future flats, I recommend lining the inside of your tire with some sort of Slime Tire Liner, or slime tire sealant. I have liner which has helped tremendously with the two larger tires on my stroller and I recently took the smaller tire to REI and had them fill it with the slime tire sealant and that seemed to do the trick! I haven’t had a flat since and I didn’t even need to buy a new tube!
Welcome to being a novice of flat tire fixing! And best of luck with your next flat!