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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Sometimes bicycle tires get flats and they need to get repaired.

Here's a video on how to remove the front wheel of your bike so that you can then repair a flat tire.



From the video description:
"This is a quick tutorial showing how to remove the front wheel of a bike. I've done my best to show several different styles of brakes and wheel axles so that this video will be helpful for just about everyone."

Minimum Requirements:
- fix a flat front tire on a bicycle

Clarifications:
- could be a tube replacement
- could be a patch kit
- cannot use goo you put inside the tire such as "Fix-a-Flat"

Provide proof of the following as pictures or video (less than two minutes):
- flat front tire
- repairing a flat front tire
- inflated and reinstalled (mounted on bike) good tire
- show/describe the materials used to repair the tire
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My submission for badge bit.
I used the following to repair a flat on the front tire of a bike:
- gloves
- tire levers
- new tire tube
- bike tire pump
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Flat tire
Flat tire
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Action pic- installing new tube
Action pic- installing new tube
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New tire pumped up and ready to go!
New tire pumped up and ready to go!
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Edge case submission
Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Repair a Flat on the Front Wheel of a Bicycle BB.

My sister and I each have a bike that has been in the shed for a while (I haven't ridden in a decade - my sister rides every summer).  All four tires were flat so I started by filling them to test tube soundness then washed both bikes and degreased the drivetrain.  The front tire on my sister's bike would not hold air and after inspection, a damaged section of the "bead" of the tire was discovered.  I inspected the rim for damage (none found) and replaced the tube.  I did not replace the tire and the bead seated nicely but a new tire is on the shopping list.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - Before pic of flat tire
 - Action pic of repairing a flat front tire
 - After pic of inflated good tire
 - Describe what the tire was repaired with
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Trek Navigator 100 with two flat tires
Trek Navigator 100 with two flat tires
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front wheel flat even after filling
front wheel flat even after filling
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new tube
new tube
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tube (with about 10psi) easily fits into tube and goes on rim
tube (with about 10psi) easily fits into tube and goes on rim
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inflating - checking that bead seats in rim
inflating - checking that bead seats in rim
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installing tire on bike
installing tire on bike
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ready to ride
ready to ride
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Note: Sorry. That tube is replaced but the tire doesn't look good, per the posted requirement.

 
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I'm blaming Permies for my luck on this one since just days ago for my BB on repairing a flat back tire I noted that my flats usually happen out on the trails where I don't get to photograph the repair cause I don't carry a camera with me.  Well today I went to ride my bike to the grocery store and... the front tire was flat!  I'm actually really grateful since I was last riding it in a thunderstorm in the middle of the night.  Road repair in those conditions would have truly sucked!!

So here is my BB submission documenting the repair of my front flat tire.  I have also opted to file, sand, and burnish the valve stem hole in the rim to make that metal edge much softer and far less able to cut a valve stem since that was my issue with the rear tire.  On this front tire though my inspection turned up a thorn as the culprit.  Mosquitoes got overly inquisitive so I did the repair inside the house too.  :)  
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Here is a shot of my poor flat front tire prior to any repairs.
Here is a shot of my poor flat front tire prior to any repairs.
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Inside out of the mosquitoes I removed the tube and inflated it to find the hole. Then located and removed the thorn in the tire.
Inside out of the mosquitoes I removed the tube and inflated it to find the hole. Then located and removed the thorn in the tire.
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Shot of the sharp edged valve stem hole in the metal rim.
Shot of the sharp edged valve stem hole in the metal rim.
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Shot of the filed, sanded, and burnished valve stem hole in the rim. This was done to hopefully prevent future problems.
Shot of the filed, sanded, and burnished valve stem hole in the rim. This was done to hopefully prevent future problems.
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The new tube. I just started buying these by the half dozen since I seem to go through a lot of them.
The new tube. I just started buying these by the half dozen since I seem to go through a lot of them.
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New tube installed and pumped up with my foot pump.
New tube installed and pumped up with my foot pump.
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Tire replaced on my bike which is now ready to roll again!
Tire replaced on my bike which is now ready to roll again!
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Note: I hereby certify this badge bit complete.

 
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I don't get as much use of my bike now that I'm not living in a city. I used to cycle everywhere and managed to go without owning a car for almost 8 years. Now that I live more rurally everything is further away (and, living in the mountains, often very hilly!) and I'm lucky if I get out on the bike for three trips a week.

I do cycle to the gym whenever I visit, between one and three times each week. I also cycle to the post office and a few shops in town but I don't visit very often. For the last month or two I have noticed that my tires have slow punctures and lose air after a week or so. I'm forever stopping to pump them up and thinking "I should repair these".

This evening I replaced my front inner tube. If there was an obvious hole then I'd have used a repair/patch kit but I have experienced this issue before with these inner tubes and I know the valves can be faulty (they seem to give up after a while!).

I took the wheel off, partly removed the tire, pulled out the inner tube, replaced it carefully ensuring there were no pinches or snags, gave it some air to make sure it wasn't broken then refitted it all to the bike and pumped it up.
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Not very hard
Not very hard
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Not very hard at all!
Not very hard at all!
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Wheel removed
Wheel removed
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Tire half removed
Inner tube removed
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New tube and tire levers
New tube and tire levers
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Installed!
Installed!
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Pumping up
Pumping up
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Much better!
Much better!
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Back in the rack
Back in the rack
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Note: I hearby certify this complete.  I wish I could go without a car too, but I also live in a rural zone.  Bikes are still useful out here though! 

 
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Here is a flat tire on my wife's bicycle.


I took the wheel off and removed the tire and inner tube.


The tube had a hole, I replaced with a new inner tube.


I pumped the tire up to recommended pressure.


Finished tire back on the bicyce
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Finally I have an opportunity to do this BB! My front tire is flat. I will totally replace it, so first thing to do now is to order new tube, tire and tube protector tape. My back tire was replaced with a real Schwalbe tire and tube last year (not by myself). Now also my front wheel can have Schwalbe, the best bicycle tires I know.
 
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- Before pic of flat tire
- Action pic of repairing a flat front tire
- After pic of inflated good tire
- Descrbe what the tire was repaired with

This bike has had a slow leak in both the front and back tires for some time. Upon inspection, the tubes were cracking from age. I've had this bike for almost 20 years and I think this is the first time I've changed out the tubes.

Start:


Progress:


Finished:
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This is the front tire on my son's bike. It's quite a bit of up-keep to maintain 8 bikes each summer. So we use slime and patches whenever we can to save on new tire costs. Here is the squishy tire, which we decided had a small enough hole that it could be patched with slime. So we filled it up and it holds air well enough now to keep his little 35-pound-weight supported. Yay!
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squishy front tire
squishy front tire
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adding slime, inspecting tube
adding slime, inspecting tube
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holding air
holding air
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Note: I certify this BB complete. Well done Rebekah.

 
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My franken bike had a flat I'd patched it and got a flat again. So here's the pictures of me putting a new tube in for this BB.

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flat
flat
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put on tube n tire
put on tube n tire
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inner tube is good
inner tube is good
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Note: I hearby certify this complete.

 
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This is my submission for the BB relair a flat !

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Mike Barkley flagged this submission as not complete.
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Note: Almost. Please include a pic of the inflated FRONT tire.

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Here's the missing pic of the front tire inflated. Have not been able to include it in my failed submission.

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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Repair a Flat on the Front Wheel of a Bicycle BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
Attachment 1 - Before pic of flat tire
Attachment 2 - Action pic of repairing a flat front tire
Attachment 3 - After pic of inflated good tire
Describe what the tire was repaired with: I took the cargo bike to pick up my kids from school yesterday and picked up a pin once in the school parking lot. I was fortunate that the pin only caused a slow leak and I was able to make it the ~4.5miles home without needed to pump the tire but I really pained myself to get home as fast as I could muscle. First, I used the quick release axle to remove the front wheel, then I used two tire levers to remove the tire from the rim. I took the tire and innertube off and took note of the orientation of the tire and rim to put back together with the tread in the right direction. I then inspected the tire and rim visually and by running a finger to see if there were any other causes for a flat. I only found the obvious pin hole in the innertube after inflating it. I pre-inflated the new innertube sized for a 26 x 2.15 tire by 10psi and started to install the innertube in the tire into the rim and used the tire levers again. Replacing an innertube is so much easier than working with tubeless tires and sealant. I then ran a finger along the inside of the rim to visually check that the innertube was fully inside of the tire. Once the tire was seated, I reinstalled the quick release and pumped the tire to 50psi.

Can someone help direct me to instructions for how to add pictures within the text instead of an attachment? I'd appreciate it!

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Alexandra Malecki wrote:Can someone help direct me to instructions for how to add pictures within the text instead of an attachment? I'd appreciate it!



I'm sure there's more than one way to do it, but the way I know how to is to make a thread with your pictures uploaded as attachments (or an imgur with the pics), and then link the photos into the body of your post, as explained here: https://permies.com/wiki/61133/Post-Image-Permies
 
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