hello everyone and happy bike chick tip wednesday! just two little shouts out before i start...i did a guest blog at oh, my darling...called "why i love riding my bike" i was soo happy that melissa asked me to be a part of it and i just couldn't resist not talking about riding bikes as it is one of the things that makes this lady pretty happy :D also many many thanks to all the lovelies that left wonderful comments on my tattoos, you have all made me blush, thanks!!!
okay so on to bike tips!...there was a change of plans i was going to write about cleaning and caring for your bike BUT on our way home from the park i got a flat! and from one of bike tires worst enemy too! i am not sure what it is called but it is a big thorny menace that pops your tires every time!! not cool..
bike chick tip #7- fixing a flat tire!!!
it is really important that whenever you go on a bike ride to be prepared! it is always sooo important to carry a tool kit with you that has just the basic things you will need to to fix a tire. here is what we usually carry with us on every outing. ours is a bit dirty as it has been used quite a bit...in another post i would love to share with you how to make your own as the crafty little mister made this many many moons ago!
2. tire levers (at least two)
3. small hand pump but it is best to use a floor pump with a pressure gauge
4. a spare tube in the correct size and valve type if you have space
so here we go!!!!!!!!!!
first thing...you gotta take your wheel off the bike frame. for this flat it was on the back tire which is a bit more work because off all the gears and chain. so first off to unhinge the wheel from the frame you have to switch the quick release lever. mine quick release on one side says OPEN that way i know my wheel can be taken off the frame. here is the tricky part. with one hand holding the frame use the other to take the chain off the gears on the back wheel.
you have just repaired your first popped tire and you are AMAZING! give yourself a HUGE pat on the back and get on your bike and ride!
tonight is MARINA & THE DIAMONDS... WOOT WOOT!!! can't wait to see her again! hopefully i will have pictures to share with you!!