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    Need Help Fixing Tire

    Hi, I don't know too much about bike mechanics, but I have a problem I'd like to tackle myself. I accidentally pumped too much air into the tire of my roadbike, and it burst. What do I need to do to fix it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Make sure the sidewall hasn't ripped open. If it has, replace the tire. If not, just replace the tube. Get a pressure gauge and read the tire for the recommended inflation.
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    How do I know if the sidewall has been ripped? Also, how much would a new tire cost

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    Quote Originally Posted by dma View Post
    How do I know if the sidewall has been ripped? Also, how much would a new tire cost
    Examine the sidewall on both sides of the tire for a hole or split. New tires run $10-80 depending on quality, brand and bling. It is possible the blow-out just ruined the tube and did no actual damage to the tire itself. If that is the case, then $5-6 for a tube and you are back in business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    Examine the sidewall on both sides of the tire for a hole or split. New tires run $10-80 depending on quality, brand and bling. It is possible the blow-out just ruined the tube and did no actual damage to the tire itself. If that is the case, then $5-6 for a tube and you are back in business!
    It appears only the tube is split, as there is a long gash right on the sidewall. When I try to pump in air, it will not inflate at all. How do I replace the tube?

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    Remove the rim from the bike.

    Remove the tire from the rim by using the proper tire tools, or your bare hands depending upon the bike tire and your own strength.

    Remove the bad tube.

    Reverse the above steps with the new tube.
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    Try this website: http://www.bicyclesouth.com/change_flat.htm

    It has clear directions and pictures that will help you learn this very basic repair.
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    This is an excellently explained and illustrated website on various repairs, including tyre repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    Try this website: http://www.bicyclesouth.com/change_flat.htm

    It has clear directions and pictures that will help you learn this very basic repair.
    That's a good website, too!

    And I use the same exact tools

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    One hint I picked up on Sheldon's site - doesn't hurt to stretch out the tube before mounting it to help get rid of the folds.

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