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How to Fix a Flat Tire

This article will discuss the removal and installation of tires and tubes including:

- wheel removal

- removing tire and tube from rim

- inner tube inspection

- tire inspection

- rim inspection

- valve types

- inner tube repair

- tire and tube installation

- wheel install

The internet is a great well of resources for bike stuff, both good at bad. If you're stuck in a repair, Twin Cities' own famously local bike tool company, Park Tool (based out of St. Paul, MN), has some really great repair resources that we recommend! Check out their website for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and videos to repair and maintain your bike.

Park Tool Repair Help


We also teach a FREE Fix-a-Flat Class:  this FREE hour-long class is designed to keep you on your bike and enjoying your ride! We’ll go over the tools needed to fix your flat, how to identify its cause, and techniques for making the whole process quick and painless. Bring your bike to practice on and wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. These classes are free of charge with the donation of a canned food item (for our local food shelf).

Updated July 23, 2020:  FREE Fix-a-Flat classes (weather-permitting) at the Midtown Farmer's Market, Tuesdays at 3:30pm & 5:30pm...come find our tent! The Market is held in the courtyard between our 3020 Minnehaha Ave shop and Moon Palace Books.
Weather-permitting, we will be hosting these events outside for now. We will be practicing safety protocols for all events, including:
- Masks that cover both nose & mouth are required by all.
- Social distancing of at least 6' with some physical barriers.
- Disinfection of all surfaces before & after events; limited sharing of tools and other supplies.
- Nitrile gloves available for attendees.


The Hub's Education Department is an officially certified Park Tool School! If you want to learn more bicycle maintenance tips, check out the rest of our classes and the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair.


For additional cycling resources, check out these videos by the League of American Bicyclists.