The Road Bike Breakdown? You probably aren’t the only one. Any cyclist will be unlucky on the road sooner or later. That is why it is important that you always bring your spare equipment and the right tools. We will clarify in this blog what you should do and what you need to solve the most common road problems. You will earn a lot of miles again this way easily!
Supplies on the go
It is prudent to carry the following parts and equipment as usual during your bike ride, in addition to ample food and drink:
- Minibike pump or CO2 pump
- Multitool with chain punch
- The inner tube (think of the right valve length)
- Tire levers
- Park Tool Super Patch
- Derailleur pad (back pad)
- Missing link
What would you do along the way to solve the most popular problems?
- In the case of a flat tire, what should you do?
- How do you inflate the tire of your bike?
- What would you do if the chain is broken?
- What would you do if the track on the derailleur is broken?
What can you do in case of a flat tire?
A flat tire is, sadly, part of cycling. Replacing the inner tube is the simplest and most reasonable solution when you have a flat tire.
How do I get my inner tube replaced?
You’ll need to separate the flat tire from the rim first. In the images below, how to do this is shown. You can opt to attach your old inner tube or mount a new one once you’ve done this. Unscrew the ring of the valve and the cap of the valve.
How can a flat inner tube be glued?
Is your inner tube going to stick? Feel where the air escapes with a hand.
How do I install my inner tube, new or glued?
If your inner tube is attached, or if you’ve picked a new tube, you can reassemble it. If you do not feel something sharp, feel good on the outside of the tube.
How do you inflate your bicycle tire?
Your tire can be filled in three ways, either with a mini pump, a CO2 pump, or an electrical mini-pump.
Inflate your tire with a mini pump or hand pump
A mini pump is the most popular way to inflate your road bike’s tires on the road. These pumps are easy to use in your back pocket or saddlebag and easy to bring around. With a clip that comes with the pump, you can easily mount them to your bike, too. It is quick to use a mini pump and most mini pumps work the same way.
All shapes and sizes come with mini pumps. You open the valve first and mount the mini pump to it. Via a pump hose or with a direct coupling, mini pumps may have two types of connections to the valve. Then you can manually begin inflating your tire.
Inflate your tire with a CO2 pump
Generally, a little less understood is how to use a CO2 pump. Yet a CO2 pump has many advantages. Your tire can be pumped quicker and harder, but the pump is more lightweight than a hand pump as well. Multifunctional mini pumps are also available today, enabling you to manually pump and attach CO2 cartridges. You can still inflate your tire in this way, even though you run out of cartridges.
How to use a CO2 pump?
You will need a CO2 cartridge (usually 12 or 16 grams for a road bike) in addition to your CO2 pump.
- Switch the pump on the cartridge, so that it sticks through the cartridge membrane.
- Then, on the open valve, turn or press the pump.
- In order to do this, open the valve now to let the air out or push the pump.
- If you just want to inflate the internal tube slightly, do this carefully first. Then you may (with the valve closed) remove the pump from the valve.
Inflate your tire with a wireless electrical pump
If you use an electric bicycle pump, you don’t need to use any power. This type of device is multifunctional. Nowadays there are also rechargeable mini compressors that you can take with you on the road.
You can of course use an electric bicycle pump on any type of bicycle and not only on E-bikes. This type of device is multifunctional, and you can use it for your bicycle, motorcycle, car, or pump balls.
In the case of a broken chain, what should you do?
Your chain breaks or your Powerlink / missing link cracks can often occur. On a racing bike, this does not very often happen. Even, it can happen that you just overload a weak link in a complete sprint. Don’t worry, you can do it on your own. With the help of your chain punch you can easily repair your chain.
How do I repair my broken chain?
- With a chain jab, catch your multitool.
- Unfold the punch from the chain and place the pin on the link you want to unscrew. You’ve got to punch the outer plates off.
- Now turn the punch on the chain until you can go no further. If it’s okay, the pin will fall out now. Switch the punch back with the chain. The two outer plates are falling off now as well.
- Make sure the chain passes through the front derailleur before mounting the missing link.
- Now place the chain in two halves and take the chain apart. The link closes in this way.
In the case of a broken derailleur, what should you do?
There is also a risk on a racing bike that the track / rear track of your derailleur will fall off. Yet the opportunity is relatively limited. Therefore, the suggestion to take a spare rear derailleur track with you could go a little far. But are you a true control freak, or are you on a cycling holiday? It’s no superfluous luxury, then.
In the event of difficulties on the way, some more valuable tips
- The wrapper of an energy bar or a banknote can still be used to temporarily patch a tear in your tire. Placed the paper money between the inner tube and the outer tube, stopping the inner tube from returning again via the outer tube.
- In the event of a fall, do you suffer damage? Make sure that you have nothing of your own and never turn it all around or ‘press’ it back into place. Often do this by loosening everything (from your multitool) with an Allen key and then putting it back in order. This prevents your costly carbon frame or parts from being destroyed. Next, inspect and thoroughly analyze where the potential harm is.