Essentials For An Easy Flat Fix

A flat tire on your ebike won’t stop you with these simple tools.

Riding around on your ebike, you rely on air in your tires to get around. Pumping up your tires before every ride will help longevity and avoid flats, but sometimes the inevitable happens and you get a flat tire while you’re out riding. Despite the nomenclature, nearly all flat tires on an ebike reside within the tube, not the tire itself. Luckily, this makes for an easier and much less expensive fix. While you could take your bike to a bike shop, a flat tire fix is a useful skill for any ebike user to know. Unfortunately, flat tires don’t always occur near bike shops or during convenient hours. With these tools and proper know-how, you can be up and running after a flat tire in no time!

Heals Itself

The pre-installed solution goes to work filling holes caused by punctures.Amazon

Chances are after a flat you'll need to replace the tube in your tire. Bell Standard and Self Sealing Bike Tubes are a good option for replacement, as they have sealant inside of the tube. Once the tube is inflated, in the case of many pricks or cuts that would generally cause another flat, the sealant fills the hole and stops the leak, thus avoiding a flat. The sealant comes pre-installed in the tube to avoid messes and can last up to two years, regardless of weather.

Easy Fill-Up

You need air after you’ve patched or replaced that tube. This tool will help.Amazon

If you are planning to fix any flats you get on the road, you'll want an easy pump to use to inflate the new tube. The Pro Bike Tool Bike Pump with Gauge easily attaches to all tubes (both Presta and Schrader style valves) so you do not have to worry about compatibility. The aluminum body holds a flexible hose, which screws onto the body and onto the tube valve to inflate. This hose allows for easy air transfer in multiple positions. A handy pressure gauge lets you know when your tube is sufficiently filled to get back on the road and enjoy your ride.

Remove That Rubber

To get that tire off and on the wheel, you’ll need this.Amazon

If your tire is on tight, look no further than the Gorilla Force Ultra Strong Bike Tire Levers. Tire levers help you remove tough tires from your wheels in order to replace the tube by leveraging the tire away from the rim. Unlike other tire levers, the Gorilla Force levers are made from a thick, tough plastic that won't snap under pressure. They are cleverly molded out of plastic that won't scratch your wheel and are ergonomically shaped.

For Small Mends

A tire’s first-aid bandage.Amazon

Sometimes, a flat can be caused by the slightest prick in your tube. If that is the case, you can save your replacement tube and fix the old one with Park Tool GP-2 Pre-Glued Super Patch Puncture Repair Kits. These super patches were developed with 3M in order to create a self-adhesive patch that would flex with the tube and be thin enough to not affect the ride. The patch kits come with sandpaper, which should be rubbed over the cut in the tube first in order to aid the adhesive