OCTOBER 2013 / DIRT BIKE 91
Changing a flat at the truck requires little other than good tire
irons, a tube, air and, of course, the proper tools for removing
Here’s a decent selection of tire irons, and each has a comfort
zone where they work best. Our favorites for track fixes are
the Zip-Ty units with the plastic handles. The big-boy Motion
Pro and Zip-Ty levers are stay-at-home units, and the trail
spoons are best attacked with Motion Pro’s excellent aluminum units.
Here’s the bottom line: you must
have the tools and spares already with
you to remove and install a new tube.
You will need:
– A 21-inch front tube. It will work
on the back just fine. We never tote
a heavy-duty tube as a spare. Go for
a cheapie; this is a trail fix. We either
stuff it in our butt bag or carry it on a
– Two tire irons. Motion Pro’s aluminum ones are best. They work just fine
and weigh nothing.
– Have the necessary tools to
remove the rear wheel and loosen the
– You need air! We swear by the
If you can’t find a log to use as a stand,
have your buddy hold the bike up using
the kickstand, then remove the wheel
and fix the flat.
This is nearly as easy as a garage-tire change—if you
have the proper tools. We always carry the following in our
toolbox and spares box:
– Good tire irons (we like the Zip-Ty units with the plastic
– Proper wrenches for removing wheels and rim locks.
– Spare tubes, both front and rear.
– Windex or WD- 40. Necessary for lubing the bead during the final air-up to get the bead to pop.
-A good bicycle pump or plug-in inflator.
– A stand (pretty stinking crucial for removing the
– Mechanix gloves (or old moto gloves) are nice for
digging out tubes.
– A decent air gauge to set the pressure to 12–15 psi.
– Always check the inside of the tire carcass for thorns
or nails before reinstalling a new tube.
Genuine Innovation’s kit, but we also
know riders who pack a pump and fit it
into their water system by the bladder.
– We usually use water as a lubricant
for getting the bead to pop. We do
know riders who carry a small bottle of
Windex (for goggles), which also works
perfectly on the bead.
–It’s best if the bead is broken (and
most times it is when you ride flat).
The tire is usually malleable and warm,
making it easy to work. If at all possible, find a rock or stump to act like a
bike stand. This will save you serious
–If you can’t find one, good luck. If
you have a sidestand, it’s possible to