Are you also having a problem with your bicycle tire popping?
If your tire or tube starts to popping very often, then it may be time to look at what tires you are using, as your tires may not be of good quality or they are old and worn, also check your tire pressure. Tire pressure should be adjusted according to the terrain you go cycling on, also check if there is any sharp object in your tire that scratches and destroys the tire or tube, and can damage the rims.
One of the more common reasons for popping bicycle tires is when the tire is worn out and then it can very easily tear, but also when the bicycle is not used and stands for a long time, the tires can deflate. But it is not surprising that during normal use of the bicycle the tires go flat for no reason. In such a situation, it is enough just to inflate the tire. If you use the bicycle brake too much is another possible reason for a flat or popping tire, because in this way you heat up the rims and tires and a flat occurs/popping.
There is a small part on the tires that is in the shape of a hook or more commonly known as a bead.
The beads that are around the seat are wrapped around the crochet rim beads. This connection between those tire beads and the seat keeps the tire attached to the rim, and if a small portion of the tire bead is misaligned, then the entire wheel is compromised. When you start pumping, the inner tire begins to expand until the outer tire looks like a shell that limits the expansion of the inner tire. In this situation, the pressure is high and if the grains are not completely set, the gum may crack.
Do you want to successfully change the tire on your bicycle? Before you start changing the tire, you should first ask yourself if you know how? If we do, we will explain how to do it in the following text.
Follow these steps to change a tire:
- Remove the wheel from the bicycle
- Remove the tire
- Determine the cause for popping tire
- Fix the problem
- Install new tube
- Inflate the tire
They are explained in more detail below.
Before starting work you should provide the tools/kit necessary for changing a tire, a tire changing tools would be nice to have every time you ride a bike. A spare tire, patches and a pump are the basic tools for тires with tubes are mini pump, CO2, a minimum of two – just in case, inner tube(s), valve extension, tire grips, patch kit, if you have a tubeless tire then you need mini pump CO2, tire grips,tubeless tire,repair kit, inner tube. Changing a tire is not a complicated job, but many people do not have experience in changing tires, so it may seem like a complicated job at first glance.
First, turn the bike upside down with the saddle and handlebars down. Depending on which tire it is, front or rear, remove the wheel. If it’s a rear wheel where the sprockets are, shift to the lowest gear first and then remove the wheel, this will make it easier to remove and then fit the wheel. If the bike has V brakes, loosen the rim brakes and then remove the wheel.
Next step is to loosen/unscrew the valve. Remove the tire and slowly check for damage inside the tyre, if you are running tubular tires then you will need to change the tire.
Before installing the new tire, pay attention to the direction of the tire, there are direction arrows on each tire that ensure stability when driving, so it is important to install it in the right direction. Once you’ve done that, insert the valve into the rim hole and start pumping, using a bicycle pump.
Do you keep getting a flat tire?
This can happen for several reasons:
- If you use the wrong tires, old or worn, in this case you may find a sharp object in the tire that causes the tire popping repeatedly.
- Tires that do not fit the terrain. There are different tires, designed for different terrains. For asphalt and smooth terrain, thin and smooth tires are more efficient, thicker tires (mtb tires) are intended for off-road terrain and rougher roads. So if you go cycling on gravel with a slick tire, there is a very high probability that your tire will popping.
- Inadequate tire pressure. Over-inflated or under-inflated tires can cause a blowout. Every tire has the recommended pressure written on it, it’s usually a range of 35 to 80 psi. A pressure gauge is the only way to know how much you have inflate your tires.
- A sharp object stuck in a tire
Every time you change the tire, check carefully that there are no sharp edges left in the inner/outer part of the tire.
- Flat tire right after changing it!?
This means that you damaged the tire while changing it.
- Tires not correctly placed on the rim.
This applies to tubeless tires, if they are not fitted well they will deflate very quickly.
- Tire rim problem
Rim damage can occur when you hit a pothole or uneven terrain and tear the tire. It is not always necessary for the rim to be visibly damaged in order for the tire to burst.
- Your tubes or tires lack liquid so-called tubeless tire milk.
If you don’t use the bike for a long period of time, the fluid will dry out and the tires will deflate.
Riding a bike with a flat tire is not recommended, it not only causes a lot of damage but also puts you at risk of injury.
How long can you ride a bike with a flat tire?
It is not advisable to ride a bike with a flat tire as you are putting yourself in danger and will also destroy the tire and rim.
Our recommendation is to all of you if you don’t know how to change a tire, learn it as soon as possible!
The purpose of this article is to share our knowledge with you and help the new cyclist if they have problem with popping tires.
I hope you find it useful!