How to glue a bike camera
No matter how dodgy your bike is, no one is safe from a puncture in the middle of the road. It is advisable to always carry a pump, patches, glue, a set of editors, a felt-tip pen, a grout or a piece of sandpaper with him.
So, if you feel the wheel is deflating, Examine the tire tread for any sharp objects stuck in it. If you find a piece of glass or other object sticking out, carefully remove it and try to remember the place where it was. In the future, this will help to find a puncture in the chamber faster. In some situations, the puncture may NOT be from the top, but from the bottom of the chamber, a prerequisite for the volume may be the spoke heads or the spokes themselves sticking out through the rim tape.
Take off your camera.
Now you need to get the camera out of the tire. If your wheel is not on the eccentric, then you will also need keys to remove it. You can get the camera without removing the wheels from the bike, but it will be less convenient to glue it this way. It is worth remembering that it is not always possible to disassemble the wheel by hand with ease, so plastic assemblies are useful here. Do NOT use a screwdriver, hex key or other wrenches under any circumstances. This could damage the camera.
Pump up your camera
After taking out the camera, pump it up and examine it to find the puncture site. This can be done in different ways. If the hole is large, then it can be detected visually, if it is smaller, then it is better to bring the camera to your face, so that the air is poisoned in what place. In SEPARATE cases, if the puncture is completely invisible, and the wheel is deflated every 1-2 days, then you can find it by placing the camera in the water. At the puncture site, air will ooze in the form of bubbles. After finding the puncture site, circle it with a marker. It is not necessary to do this, but by lowering the camera it will be easier for you to find a puncture.
Stick the patch
Then stick the patch, pressed it tightly against the camera. It is best to press it down with something heavy for about five minutes, until the glue is completely dry. Pay special attention to the edges of the patch, the glue should grab evenly over the entire surface. If there is tape on top of the patch, it is best to keep it. This will help prevent the patch from sticking to the inside of the tire.
Do NOT glue a large patch on a narrow camera.
Check the tires from the inside
After removing the tube, be sure to check the inside of the tire for any sharp objects jammed.
Prepare your camera
Take a grout or a piece of fine sandpaper and smooth the surface of the camera to a matte finish where you will glue the patch. Remove the protective foil from the bottom of the patch. Hold the patch around the edges, being careful NOT to touch the adhesive surface with your hands. Apply a small amount of glue to the puncture site itself and to the patch. Rub it evenly with a tube and wait a couple of minutes until the glue thickens and takes on its characteristic matte shade.
It is best to use rubber glue, the one that comes in the kits of all bicycle first aid kits. We do NOT recommend using superglue and other second-hand glue, as they corrode rubber and, when dry, stand up like plastic. You can also use self-adhesive, where you do not need to fiddle with tubes of glue, but they tend to be more expensive, and there are fewer in the set.
Once you have glued on, you can slide the camera back into the wheel. Inflate the wheel gradually, checking to see if the tire is flat on the rim and if the tube is lowering. Perhaps the patch did not adhere well or you missed another hole, it happens. If all is well, the tire is aligned and the wheel does NOT deflate anymore, put the wheel back on the bike and forward. Let’s hit the road!
Finally, it is worth adding that if you make your way very often, then perhaps the protector of your tire is very worn out and it is time to replace it. And carry a spare camera with you.
How to glue the camera with a repair kit
The first step is to disassemble the tires, pull out the tube and find the puncture site. If the camera is being repaired on the road, finding the puncture site can be a real problem. This will have to be done by ear and eye. It is much easier to find a puncture at home, you can lower the inflated camera into the water, the camera submerged in water will bubble at the puncture site.
Finding a puncture on a bicycle tube
Next, we proceed to directly pasting the patch. The place where we will apply the patch must be cleaned and dried if the camera was immersed in water. Then we apply the glue from the kit, the area of the glue applied should be larger than the patch itself. Then remove the protective foil from the patch and without touching the lower part of the patch with your fingers, apply it to the camera. We keep it for about five minutes, remove the top protective film. To prevent the patch from sticking to the tire, the first one can be sprinkled with chalk, talcum powder or dust.
Apply glue to the patch location
Apply the patch without touching the part to be glued
The camera is ready and can be mounted on the rim. Be sure to check the inside of the tire for residues of the cause of the puncture and clean it. It is also worth checking the spoke protection, all spoke nipples must be covered with a special protective tape.
Remember to check the inside of the tire
It is important to know that bicycle first aid kits come with patches, which must be glued using the special glue that is included in the kit. And there are sets with self-adhesive patches. The latter adhere worse and hold less, so we recommend sets with rubber glue.
How to glue a camera at home without a repair kit
This method is more laborious and, with little experience, is NOT effective. Here we will use patches from pieces of an old camera as patches. And as a glue, you can use any glue that can reliably glue rubber, including “Moment”. The process of gluing is similar to working with a repair kit, only the puncture site and the inside of the patch must be cleaned with sandpaper so that the surfaces become rough.
How to glue the camera
Puncture of a bicycle wheel tube is common and happens quite often. If you rarely ride a bike and a puncture is very rare, then you can get by with replacing the punctured camera with a new one. But if you are an active roller, then punctures will appear very often and the issue of gluing the camera becomes relevant. In addition, when going on long cycling trips with one or two spare cameras in stock, it may often be necessary to tape the camera in the field.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the question of how to properly glue the camera at home (and on the road), as well as the best way to glue it. First, we will consider the method of sealing the camera with a special repair kit. a bicycle first aid kit. Sealing a bicycle tube with a repair kit is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way, especially when you are on the go. We recommend this method. Next, let’s look at how to properly glue patches from this set.
Cycling first aid kit. Bicycle repair kit
What punctures are there
- A snakebite is a rather unpleasant type of puncture, which occurs if the wheel is not sufficiently inflated or when you hit an obstacle hard. In such cases, the camera bites between the rim and the edge of the tire, two holes are formed nearby, which resemble a snake bite.
Puncture type. Snake bite
- A puncture on the inside of the chamber. occurs due to the spokes sticking out inside the rim. In this case, after replacing or repairing the tube, you should carefully check the correct position of the protective tape on the inside of the rim.
- Cut. if the cut is short, then it will NOT be difficult to glue it, but if the cut is significant, then glue the camera is useless. A damaged camera can be used to make patches.
- Puncture on the seam of the camera. in case of such a puncture, it is necessary to clean the puncture site with sandpaper in order to get rid of the protruding seam. If on the way you did not have sandpaper, then you can use a stone or road surface.
- A puncture in the base of the air valve. such a cut cannot be glued and the camera can be scrapped. Such cases arise from the presence of metal burrs at the edges of the hole in the rim where the chamber valve is inserted.
That, in general, is all that we wanted to tell you about how to properly glue bicycle cameras. In this article, we have NOT considered Extraordinary cases such as repairing a camera without glue using a washer and other non-standard methods. A separate article will be devoted to this.
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How to properly glue a bicycle tube and repair tires
How to glue a bicycle tube:
Before installing the camera, double check the inside of the tires to identify the cause of the puncture. One day, after driving along a road along a river strewn with thorns from a hedge, I found about a dozen thorns! By comparing the tube and tires, you can find the puncture site. Carefully walk your fingertips around the inside of the tire to find the items that caused the puncture and remove them.
After repairing the inner tube and checking the tire for glass, thorns, or other sharp debris, install one bead of the tire onto the rim. Pump up the tube a little, install it in the rim. Insert the nipple into the hole provided. Starting from the side of the rim opposite the nipple, use your thumbs to wrap the tire bead (the part of the tire directly in contact with the rim) over the rim. Walk the same way around the entire wheel, leaving only a small section of the tire unidentified. Use your thumbs to carefully position the remaining bead section.
Check that the camera is not pinched between the rim and the bead of the tire. Inflate the tires to a state when they are still soft, but still retain their shape. Make sure the tire’s circular mark runs evenly over the entire length of the rim. If not, then you will have to lower the camera a little and align all the protruding places so that the bead runs evenly along the rim.
Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure and check again that the bead is seated evenly and the tire is NOT bulging anywhere from the rim. Finally, check that the tread moves straight as you spin the wheel. If not, then you need to lower the tires and repeat this step.
Important tips for repairing a puncture:
- We take out the camera from the tire, remember in which direction the camera was placed in the wheel. This will help locate the puncture site in the chamber after locating the puncture-causing object in the tire.
- Use a ballpoint pen to mark the puncture site with a cross so that you know it exactly.
- If you don’t have sandpaper, stone and pavement can be used instead.
- To ensure that the beads of easily inflated tires DO NOT fall into the groove of the rim on one side and DO NOT swell on the opposite. install a thicker rim tape or two rim tapes.
- To make it easier to take off and put on your tires, install the rim tape as thin as possible.
- Follow the puncture repair technique carefully. The latter need to be installed on the rim section of the tire at the point where the nipple is attached. Make sure the tire beads are as deep as possible into the rim groove. Some hard tires are fitted with beads. Use special collars VAR 425, which will help prevent puncture of the camera during installation.
Determining the type of puncture.
Two adjacent small holes in the chamber indicate snake bite, Yakiy occurs due to the clamping of the chamber between the tire and the rim when driving over a sharp object. Also, these punctures are often caused by under-inflation of the tire to the recommended pressure. Make sure the sidewall of the tire is intact. Otherwise, you cannot do without urgent tire repair.
The hole on the inside of the camera indicates that the head is knitting needles. Check the rim all the way through and make sure the spoke holes are covered with rim tape and the ends of the spokes DO NOT protrude from the inside of the rim. If they protrude, then they need to be dusty.
Less common puncture prerequisite rough edge of the nipple hole. This puncture is located at the base of the nipple and it is not possible to glue the bicycle tube.
Create your own camera repair kit:
- Several patches;
- Rubber glue;
- A pair of plastic edging;
- A piece of good sandpaper;
- Small adjustable wrench (when using wheels with hex nuts)
- Or a hex wrench (when using wheels with hex nuts)
- Reliable pump;
- LED keychain (useful when using a dynamo)
- A pair of spare tires (always carry with you).
Everything except the pump must be packed in the seat bag.
Systematic tire check.
Check your bike tires weekly for cuts, sidewall bulges, and wear. Tires with a cut, bulging and tires with a skin visible through the tread are not subject to further use. Remove any pebbles and glass you find embedded in the protector. Use a pressure gauge to check the tire pressure. Tires inflated to the recommended pressure will puncture less often and last longer. Recommended pressure is usually indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
Bring spare cameras and tires with you.
It is very difficult to glue the bike tube in the rain, as the patch will NOT stick to the tube. In such a situation, you need to install a spare camera, which you should always carry with you! A spare chamber will also be irreplaceable in the event of a tire bulging out of the rim or a puncture at the nipple attachment point.
Urgent bicycle tire repair.
Fold a large piece of sturdy plastic in half. Trim the section to a size that is 10 cm wider than the cut and 5 cm wider than the tire. Remove the tires from the rim. Place the double layer of patch in the center of the gap or cut inside the skin. Holding the emergency patch, which should protrude on both sides of the tire, install the first bead of the tire on the rim.
If necessary, install a new camera and pump it up a little. Install the second bead of the tire, with the last one Installing the glued section of the tire. Make sure the patch adheres to both sides. Inflate the tires and trim off any excess patch that should hold perfectly in place thanks to the tire’s air pressure.
Wheel repair without glue
In the extreme position, you can glue the bicycles with electrical tape or a piece of plastic bag moistened with it. These simple ways will help you get to your destination, where you can professionally repair your camera.
In this case, the tire is cleaned, and a patch is applied in such a way that it is pressed against the surface of the chamber by pressure.
This method is short-lived and requires compliance with certain rules:
- The road surface must be dry and smooth;
- Do not overload the wheel;
- The patch must be constantly exposed to pressure, for this it is recommended to drive without stopping to the destination.
Bonding and assembly
Before you glue the bicycle camera yourself, you must degrease the damaged area. For THESE purposes, use gasoline, thinner or alcohol. Then it is recommended to sand the surface with sandpaper for better adhesion of the adhesive and the patch.
The required amount of glue is applied to the patch, then it is firmly applied to the tire and pressed. Keep in this position for a while so that the glue seizes. If necessary, the treated area is fixed with a load and left for several hours. Then you need to check how successful the repair was. To do this, the camera on the bicycle is pumped up and viewed to see if the air is coming out. If all is well, the tire is deflated and ready for assembly:
- The camera is carefully installed on the rim using the “mounting”. the tire should fit snugly;
- Air is pumped into the tires;
- Install the wheel in place by bolting.
If the front wheel was repaired, at the end you need to know which side to mount it correctly. The bicycle tire has an arrow or lettering mark that indicates the correct tread direction.
What to do if there is no glue
Repairing a bicycle camera without glue is also possible, but in two cases:
- You have a repair kit at hand, the main task is to hold out to the house. The main thing here is to create pressure in the chamber, which will press the patch. The patch can be made from electrical tape, a piece of plastic bag, in a word, from any material, and not breathable.
- On the contrary, a very professional and expensive option is vulcanization. With this method, the camera and the patch are tightly pressed against each other and, under the influence of temperature, are actually fused together. If you’ve heard that you can seal the camera with wet rubber, this is just the way. Of course, this is more reliable than an adhesive joint, but at home it is better not to do this. For vulcanization it is necessary to heat up to 100 degrees and then heat up to 80 degrees. Even if you take the risk and do not regret the last iron, then there is a great chance to just ruin the camera.
Preventing damage is much easier than fixing it later. Experts give recommendations, following which you can avoid damage to the wheel:
- Optimum filling of the chamber with air. On a poorly inflated tire, kinks will appear, and if over-inflated, the internal pressure will be too great.
- Choose flat paths for cycling rather than off-roading.
- While driving, bypasses obstacles, and not bumping wheels on stones, glass and other objects.
- Install special cameras with anti-puncture gel inside the bike. This method will not get rid of the puncture, but in the event of an accident, it will fill the damage and harden under the influence of open air.
- Stick the anti-puncture tape on the camera. Its advantage is in width, lightness, and low cost. With the help of the tape, you can protect the product from the side ribs, but the protective properties of the polymer material are NOT the highest.
Anti-puncture liquid can be poured in advance or used directly at the time of puncture. But not all gels work on time, and this method does not always work on lateral injuries.
There are enough ways to fix a puncture, thanks to which any cyclist can cope with this defect. Even if you cannot completely repair the tire yourself, you will be able to take elementary measures and get to the right place.
Optimal filling of the chamber with air
Driving on flat roads
Anti-puncture gel chambers
Sticking anti-puncture tape
How to prevent puncture
It is easy to work with the repair kit, but there are several technological methods that allow you to repair cameras without it.
Perhaps the most interesting products in this area are self-adhesive cameras. Their secret is that a special gel or resin is poured into the dense chamber. In the event of a breakdown, this substance flows into the rupture and seals it. Thus, self-adhesive models allow you not to think about repairs for some time, however, such cameras cost at least twice as much as their conventional counterparts with a weight of 1.5-2 times more.
Otherwise, puncture prevention is very simple:
- Inflate the wheel correctly. An under-inflated or over-inflated wheel is prone to bursting or biting or pressure, respectively.
- Choose clean roads. The most common reason for a puncture is iron screws, nails and glass. They can be easily avoided simply by observing the surface you are moving on.
- Not storming obstacles “head-on”. The impact of even a shock-absorbed front wheel on a sharp side is guaranteed to lead to damage, even if the breakdown did not work out the first time.
- Use “anti-puncture tape”, which is an extra layer of synthetic rubber that is placed between the tire and the tube inside the wheel.
Certain tools and materials will come in handy to fix your bicycle tube. Before work, you need to prepare everything. Particular attention should be paid to the adhesive. Only then can you start disassembling the bike and troubleshooting.
So, what are we working on. Mandatory set:
- Keys and hexagons (for wheels without eccentric)
- Dismantling, or mounting, is a small tool for bending the tire off the rim, easily replaced with a screwdriver or even keys, allows you to work a little more quickly;
- A basin, jar or other vessel with water. to diagnose the site of damage;
- Pressures. to press the camera surface and patch together.
As you can see, the required set is very limited, which allows repairs to be carried out in almost any conditions.
The repair is carried out according to the standard procedure, after which it will be glued at least once. Will not raise any questions.
Removing a wheel
Camera repair begins with dismantling the wheel. It is quite simple to do this using the following algorithm:
- Disconnect the rim brakes;
- If the wings interfere with disassembly, they must also be removed;
- Place the bike with the wheels up;
- Remove the wheel by unscrewing the mounting bolts.
In the process, you may need a hex wrench.
During a puncture in the field, not everyone has a repair kit on hand. There are other methods, like gluing bicycle tires without glue, to get home. You can glue it with electrical tape, wrap the puncture site well, or use a plastic bag: moisten a piece with water and attach to the hole. Inflate the wheel so that the polyethylene is firmly pressed into the puncture site.
Any of THESE methods are suitable as a temporary measure. Under some circumstances, such repairs may be detrimental to the bicycle camera and may impair product performance. The main condition is not to put a heavy load on transport during movement.
Manufacturers offer anti-puncture bike tires, but they are rough and heavy. These tires are mainly used by athletes for mountain rolling.
Basic rules for applying a patch
To begin with, of course, you should find the damaged surface. Having found and marked the puncture site of the camera on the bicycle, you can proceed to its direct repair. It is necessary to adhere to the following steps:
- It is necessary to properly dry the camera and completely lower it;
- Sandpaper or a special iron plate We clean the damaged area to obtain a matte shade. The trimmed border will be wider (about a centimeter) than the diameter of the patch. At the end of the stripping, it is reasonable NOT to touch this place;
- Remove the film from the finished patch and apply glue to it. The composition can be applied both to the patch and directly to the camera itself (or to both surfaces).
- Firmly presses the patch on the damaged area for about five minutes, squeezing out all the air (press on the center, moving to the sides). It is much easier to place the product on a clean, straight surface and put pressure on the weight, stepped on top;
- It is not recommended to use the glued camera for half an hour.
By looking, you will learn even more:
Determine the puncture site
It may seem that finding the puncture site is not difficult at all, but finding the problem directly during the trip makes the task much more difficult. In most cases, the air passes through the “contact patch”, that is, the place where the wheel touches the ground. Most often, this is a maximum of 2/3 of the height of the bicycle camera. Also, the consequence of air release may be the loss of metal parts of the tire cord, or breakage of the rim tape.
The most popular ways to detect a slot in a chamber are:
- The traditional way is to place the camera in a shallow container of water. Then it is necessary to slowly rotate the camera until the necessary air bubbles appear, which indicate the puncture site;
- If it is not possible to collect water, you can use fine dust from a dirt road. Increase the pressure in the chamber and bring it closer to the dust. We carefully move the camera, find the place where the dust scatters from the released air;
- In calm and calm weather, finding a hole in the wheel is quite simple. You need to bring the camera to the wet skin of your wrist;
- If the hole is too large, it is possible to hear air release.
How to replace a bike camera
Going on a long cycling trip, it is reasonable to take a set of tools and an additional camera on the road, thanks to which it will be possible to change the spoiled one and continue the trip. This will help NOT to use adhesive mixtures and significantly save time:
- First you need to remove the wheel from the vehicle, then thoroughly wipe the surface of the tire and rim;
- We lay the wheel on its side and with the help of chalk we apply the markings opposite the nipple;
- Unscrew the nipple, drain all the air;
- With a bead shovel, prying the edge of the tire, pulling it out;
- Carefully remove the camera from the rim and look for the damaged area;
- We pump up the camera, finding and marking the puncture site. Then they completely lower it;
- We put a second mark opposite the damage;
- Then gently push a new tire into the rim with one side, pulling the nipple into the hole. We put on another side and swing the wheel to the required volume, screw on the cap.
How to glue the bike camera
Not every glue composition and not your favorite patch will be able to eliminate the resulting puncture. Let’s consider how and how to glue the bicycle tires in order to restore the initial state of the tire:
- A large number of bike manufacturers offer special repair kits. The box. case contains: a pier with the help of which the place of the hole is marked, a plate for sanding, glue and several types of patches that distinguish me in size and shape;
- There is an option for a homemade patch cut from a used camera. For this process, almost any glue for rubber is taken, which Subsequently will NOT burst at the bend.
You will learn a lot from:
- A more reliable option is vulcanization, given that it is carried out by a specialist in a special workshop. It will be too difficult and dreary to do this work on your own.
You can reduce the likelihood of unexpected wheel damage by adhering to simple rules: adjust the pressure in the wheel to the desired level, change tires after wear, carries a spare product and an elementary repair kit.
How to glue a bicycle tube yourself
As a rule, a person with a bicycle, one way or another, is faced with the problem of a punctured wheel. It’s one thing if the air comes out of the camera at home, but the problem that caught you by surprise makes you think: how to glue the bicycle camera yourself and what type of repair to choose?
This situation, unfortunately, happens to cyclists quite often, so it is recommended to have a few spare cameras on hand. Going on a hike, it is reasonable to take with you a special repair kit (bicycle first aid kit), which greatly facilitates the task of gluing and saves time. But, you can do without the kit and properly glue the camera with your own hands.
Wheel repair with a patch
Very often there are unforeseen circumstances, when there is a special set nearby and, naturally, the thought arises: how to seal the damaged camera? A patch should be made by cutting it out of any raw rubber. It can be any old tire, automotive or technical rubber material. Almost any rubber compound sticks the patch, but it is not recommended to use household and quick-hardening types. How to properly glue the hole was described above, that is, the method is similar to how to glue the patch.
In life, there are times when the rider was left without tools and glue at all, but you need to successfully get home. This requires knowing how to glue the camera without glue. Performing the following simple actions: how to clean the tires and apply the board to it so that, with powerful inflation, the pressure presses it.
If patches are available, tape or a wet polyethylene bag will come in handy. In this work, the parts are glued only with the most smooth surfaces without cracks.
Find out how to do it yourself:
- Parts in contact Must be clean and smooth;
- Ensure constant maximum pressure;
- Avoid wheel shock.
If you still get in trouble on the way, you need to know in advance how to properly glue the bike camera and what kind of glue is best to use. Then replacement and repair will not seem like a difficult task either on the way or in the vicinity of the house. Do not forget to regularly pump up the chamber to a certain pressure and in time to change the worn out parts of the “iron horse”.