Don’t get stranded by a puncture
Why sit around feeling deflated when you can sort that flattie out in minutes?
Read the instructions 1
Used as a temporary fix, a tubeless repair kit will get you going very quickly. These kits are not endorsed by tyre manufactures, although most admit they can work ok. It is essential that you adhere to the instructions, specifically the size of the repair and the recommended speeds thereafter. Equally important is to make sure you get the damaged tyre looked at by your dealer or tyre specialist as soon as possible.
Find the culprit 2
Take a good look around the tyre for the cause of the puncture, in this case we used a pair of pliers to remove a screw. Check the damage and make sure it’s safe to go ahead with a repair; large tears or any damage to the sidewall cannot be fixed with these kits, likewise you should check the instructions on your kit to make sure that it is suitable for the damage you have found on your tyre.
Squirt and seal 3
These kits squirt sealant inside your tyre and re-inflate it as they do so. Turn the wheel so the valve is at the top then dispense the whole can of sealant. You need to ride the bike straight away (keeping to the limit on the instructions) to distribute the product evenly. Check the tyre pressure at a service station ASAP.
Get a Gryp kit 4
This is a very simple and easy-to-use temporary fix to help get you home. In the kit you are supplied with CO gas cylinders,
2 plastic repair plugs, valve adaptor, chalk and a pair of pliers. Find the cause of the puncture and circle it with the chalk, using the pliers remove the screw or sharp object.
Chock-a-block 5Quite often when a puncture occurs the residual heat in the tyre makes it so supple that the side walls no longer offer any support. This lowers the bike so much that it may not be able to stand up on its sidestand. So find a raised kerb or something to lean the bike on, or chock the front wheel up.
Plug the puncture 6
Instead of glue these kits have a coarse, threaded insert which you screw into the tyre until it reaches the shoulder of the insert. It should be noted that these type of repairs are usually only successful with punctures/damage that have caused small round holes, typically by a screw or nail. They don’t suit tears or slashes.
Screw then snap 7
Once you have screwed the insert in right off to its shoulder you need to snap off the handle. It is designed with a weak spot to break when sideways force is applied, so snap it off by applying force at 90 degrees. The next job is to attach the C0 canister – you may need to turn
2 the wheel round to access the valve.
Raise the pressure 8
Make sure you have the plastic gauze in position around the canister – as the gas inside rushes into the tyre the metal casing will get incedibly cold and may freeze to your fingers. Empty the canister and the tyre will partially inflate. You will probably need to use at least three canisters to inflate a 180-size rear tyre to sufficient pressure for you to be able to ride the bike safely at limited speeds.
Pressure check 9
With the tyre fully inflated proceed directly to the nearest garage forecourt to check the tyre and inflate it to the correct pressure. Remember that these roadside fixes are meant as a temporary repair to get you home, and there will be speed limitations detailed in the kit’s instructions. Once you’re home you should book into your local garage for a replacement tyre or permanent repair. Don’t put it off.
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