How To Fix A Flat Tire

How To Fix A Flat Tire

Flat tires happen to everyone, usually at the most inopportune times. So we wanted to make sure that you have an idea of what to do next time you find yourself with a punctured tire out on the road (we encourage you to practice these simple steps at home). Here are the steps: Remove the tube. (While it is technically possible to repair a tube without removing the wheel, it is much easier to work with the wheel off the bike.) Make sure to inspect your tube for any debris. Locate puncture. Grab your pump and start re-inflating the tube—big holes will be obvious. If the hole proves elusive, hold the tube up near your cheek and ear. You should be able to feel and/or hear most small leaks. For really hard-to-locate holes, immerse the tube in water a section at a time and look for a tiny stream of bubbles. Some flats are caused by pinching the tube against the rim. This usually creates a pair of punctures, or a “snakebite”—make sure you find and patch both. Prep the surface. Most patch kits come with sandpaper, use this to rough up an area around the hole a few millimeters larger than the patch you are using. If you have a choice, select the smallest patch that covers the hole. If sandpaper isn’t available, a rock or any other rough surface can be used, just make sure there isn’t any debris left on the tube. Apply the glue. Apply a thin layer of vulcanizing fluid to the tube, enough to cover a spot a few millimeters larger than the...

After A Crash

When bikes and cars collide, it’s scary. (Fortunately, most bicycle crashes do not involve cars.) If you are the person riding the bike, it’s especially important to keep your wits about you after the crash. What you do in the immediate aftermath of the collision may have a big impact on how much you recover for your injuries and damage to your bike. It may also affect the outcome of any lawsuits resulting from the accident. Become Familiar With Bike Laws City of Houston Vulnerable Road User Ordinance (Safe Passing) City of Houston Bicycle Ordinance State of Texas Bicycle Laws BikeHouston Law Card Wait for the Police to Arrive It is vital that you wait for police to arrive at the scene of the collision so that they can take and file a police report — even if you think you are not injured. Some cyclists don’t realize they’ve been injured until several hours after the crash. And sometimes, seemingly minor injuries later develop into serious and permanent problems. If you leave the scene, you may never be able to identify the at-fault driver. Don’t attempt to negotiate with the driver. Many drivers initially apologize and accept blame, only to later deny their negligence or even deny they were present at the collision. Instead, wait for the police to come so they can document everything in the police report. Another advantage of waiting for the police: They may ticket the driver, which may be useful in settling the case with the insurance company. Get Your Version of Events into the Accident Report Sometimes, the police officer will take a...
The Green Bicycle Initiative of Houston Monthly Workshops

The Green Bicycle Initiative of Houston Monthly Workshops

TGBI BICYCLE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP/ TIRE CHANGING 101 WORKSHOP Hosted by: The Green Bicycle Initiative of Houston Date and time: The last weekend of every month (check website for specific times). Location: Bohemeo’s Cost: $5 for nonmembers, FREE for members There is nothing worse than pulling the old bike out of the garage to realize your chain is rusty or a spoke is broken. Learning some of the basics can keep your bicycle at it’s peak performance and also keep breakdowns from happening and Keep you safe! And whether you’re an experienced cyclist or just beginning, one of the unfortunate aspects we have to deal with is flats. Once quarterly we’ll shift the focus of our workshop to our tire changing 101 workshop and learn how to change your tires like a pro! Bohemeo’s serves free chips and salsa. It’s free for TGBI members and $5 for non members.For more information go to The Green Bicycle Initiative of Houston’s Facebook event page. View Larger...
Bike Barn Monthly Workshops

Bike Barn Monthly Workshops

Hosted by: Bike Barn Date and time: The second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm Location: All 7 Bike Barn store locations (follow link to register) Cost: FREE Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month for a free introductory class on how to keep your bike in working condition. The clinic covers basic repairs, preventative maintenance, how to adjust your cables to ensure good shifting and braking! Also find out what basic tools you need to have handy and how to change a flat…front or rear...
Bike Valet

Bike Valet

Event Bike Parking, A.K.A. Bike Valet – By Request Would you like to encourage more people to arrive at your event by bicycle? BikeHouston now provides monitored bike parking at your event. For rates and more details, please email Douglas Waldrep or call...

State of Texas Bicycle Laws

Source: State of Texas Transportaion Code Chapter 551 TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC Subtitle C. Rules Of The Road Sec. 551.101.  RIGHTS AND DUTIES. (a) A person operating a bicycle has the rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a vehicle under this subtitle, unless: (1)  a provision of this chapter alters a right or duty; or (2)  a right or duty applicable to a driver operating a vehicle cannot by its nature apply to a person operating a bicycle. (b)  A parent of a child or a guardian of a ward may not knowingly permit the child or ward to violate this subtitle. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Sec. 551.102.  GENERAL OPERATION. (a) A person operating a bicycle shall ride only on or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle. (b)  A person may not use a bicycle to carry more persons than the bicycle is designed or equipped to carry. (c)  A person operating a bicycle may not use the bicycle to carry an object that prevents the person from operating the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars of the bicycle. (d)  A person operating a bicycle, coaster, sled, or toy vehicle or using roller skates may not attach either the person or the bicycle, coaster, sled, toy vehicle, or roller skates to a streetcar or vehicle on a roadway. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Sec. 551.103.  OPERATION ON ROADWAY. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a person operating a bicycle on a roadway who is moving slower than the other traffic on the roadway shall ride...

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