Flat tires don't have to catch you off guard. Yes, they're frustrating, but if you know what to do, you can fix them in no time.
Here are some tips:
- Stock up on the right tools and supplies. Included are a replacement tube, a tire lever, a pump or CO2 inflator, and a pick, knifepoint, or similar poking tool. When working on your rear wheel, you'll also need a battery key, an adjustable 18mm wrench, a 4mm hex wrench, zip ties, and a cutting tool. You can also use a tire pressure gauge to ensure that your tires are properly inflated.
- Remove the battery. This will make it easier for you to flip your bike over. Discharge your bike completely before you begin. Once the battery is off, hold down the power button to eliminate any stored electricity.
- To replace a tire, you do not need to remove the axle nuts completely. They can simply be loosened.
- If you remove the wheel, be sure not to damage the motor wire you just unplugged or the round, thin brake rotor.
- Before you use the tire lever, gently nudge the tire off the rim to create some slack.
- Install the new tube back into the tire with some air in it so that it keeps its shape. Since it will be less unwieldy, this will save you a lot of time and effort.
- In most cases, if you aren't able to directly see the threads or casing of your tire after cleaning it, you should be good to go.