How to Fix a Bike Flat without a Patch Kit

How to Fix a Bike Flat without a Patch Kit


How to Fix a Bike Flat without a Patch Kit. You’re miles from home with a flat and reach
for your trusty patch kit, but it’s not there. Don’t panic. Use these in-a-pinch tricks. You will need A sunglass strap and leaves
or grass. Step 1. Turn your bike upside down and remove the
wheel. Then use your hands or a bike handle to separate
one side of the tire from the rim. It’s possible to fix a flat without removing
the wheel, but much more difficult. Step 2. Take out the deflated tube and determine the
location of the hole. Step 3. Wrap the strap from your sunglasses around
the hole in the tube like a tourniquet, tying several knots around and next to the hole
to create an airtight seal. Step 4. Fill the tire with as many leaves as possible
if you don’t have a strap. If there are no leaves available, fill the
tire with grass, molding the grass to the outer part of the tire and working inward. Make sure to fill the tire completely and
evenly with the leaves or grass. Step 5. Put the tire back onto the rim and replace
the wheel. Step 6. Ride directly and slowly home to avoid damaging
your rim. Remove all the leaves or grass before putting
in a new tube. Did you know Cycling has been an Olympic sport
since 1896.