How to glue the camera
Puncture of a bicycle wheel tube is common and occurs 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. bike repair kit
How to seal the camera with a repair kit
The first step is to disassemble the tire, pull out the camera 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. At home, finding a puncture is much easier, you can lower the inflated camera into water, the camera submerged in water will bubble at the puncture site.
Finding a puncture on a bicycle tube
Next, we proceed to the direct gluing of 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 applied glue 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
We 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 protection of the spokes, all the nipples of the spokes must be covered with a special protective tape.
Do not forget to check the inside of the tire It is important to know that there are bicycle first-aid kits with patches that must be glued using the special glue included in the kit. And there are sets with self-adhesive patches. The latter sticks less well and holds less, so we recommend kits 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 gluing process 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.
What punctures are there
Puncture type. snake bite
- 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 it is useless to glue the camera. A spoiled 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 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 along 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 did not consider 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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Looking for damage
Damage search is a creative thing, albeit rather primitive. Almost everyone recommends using a basin or other container of water to determine the point of damage by the bubbles, but this is not the easiest way, because you have to dry the camera and risk water getting inside through the nipple in order to save a few seconds.
The definition is much simpler and more accessible by ear:
- Pump up the bike camera.
- We bring it to our ear and look for a point where air etching is heard.
- We localize the puncture site of the chamber by air flow or visually.
Everything is very simple. It is only necessary to check for damage around the valve. With such damage, it will no longer be possible to seal the breakdown without special tools.
How to properly glue a bicycle tube?
How To Fix Inner Tube With Another Bicycle Tube. How To Make a Patch. Step. By. Step Tutorial.
In the event of a puncture or other damage, it is rare which professionals help to seal the bike camera, and the riders have to do everything with their own hands.
Removing the camera
Usually the most difficult step is to get the camera out of the assembled wheel. With the skill and the right tool, it’s very easy.
The wheel can be disassembled using edgers or any flat objects. screwdrivers, keys, even coins:
- We completely lower the camera on the bike. To do this, unscrew the spool from the nipple. On good rubber, this can be done using a groove in the cap; on cheap models, you have to hold the spool with your hands until all the air is released. In some cases, this step will have to be done before removing the wheel, as the wide XC rubber will cling to the brakes and frame.
- Choosing a place on the back of the bicycle wheel from the nipple to start disassembling.
- We drive the bead between the rim and the tire vertically down, trying not to touch the camera inside.
- We retreat 10-15 centimeters from the first, drive the second.
- Carefully, like levers, lift the tire until a small segment is behind the outer part of the rim.
- Next, we remove the rest of the tire with our hands.
- Carefully remove the valve from the groove in the rim, take out the camera.
The result of all actions is a disassembled wheel, with the tire “put on” over the edge of the rim, and a free tube, ready for repair.
Alternative repair versions
There are situations when there is no repair kit with you. It is impossible to predict everything, but we will give a couple of recommendations:
- The patch can be made from any rubber, including an old camera, automotive or technical rubber.
- What kind of glue to use is not very important, as long as it is intended for rubber. It is better not to use hardening industrial and household compounds.
The glueless method that comes from the automotive world is vulcanization, which is also used on a bicycle. Requires special equipment, but reliably repairs punctures. The essence of the vulcanization process is that the peeled patch and the chamber are pressed against each other with great force and heating, in fact, they are fused, forming a single structure.
Vulcanization is much more reliable than any adhesive patches, but requires skill and additional equipment. By the way, there are “household” or home-made vulcanizers, consisting of a vice with a cylinder and a chamber for burning, for example, gasoline or other fuel. The only advice that can be given is to be careful with fire.
Dismantle the wheel
The first thing to do is to remove the wheel with the damaged tube. To do this, you will have to do the following:
- Disconnect the brakes, if they are rim, fenders, if they can interfere with the work with the wheel.
- Flip the bike.
- We unscrew the retaining bolts on the bushing or eccentrics.
- We carefully take out the wheel. In case of problems with the rear wheel, it is most effective to hold the chain, first move the wheel axle towards the saddle, and then, lifting it, pull it out.
Now nothing interferes with working with the wheel, you can proceed to further steps.
How to properly glue a bicycle tube and repair a tire
How to glue a bicycle tube:
Before installing the tube, double check the inside of the tire to determine the cause of the puncture. Once, after driving along a road along a river dotted with thorns from a hedge, I found about a dozen thorns! By matching the tube and tire, you can find the puncture site. Carefully run your fingertips around the inside of the tire to find the items that caused the puncture and remove them.
- When removing the tube from the tire, remember in which direction the tube 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 prevent the beads of easily inflated tires from falling into the rim groove on one side and swelling on the opposite side, install a thicker rim tape or two rim tapes.
- To make it easier to remove and replace tight tires, install the rim tape as thin as possible.
- Follow puncture repair techniques 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. When installing some hard tires, beads are indispensable. Use the special VAR 425 bumpers to help prevent puncture of the camera during installation.
Two small side-by-side holes in the tube indicate a snakebite that occurs when the tube is pinched 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 chamber indicates that the spoke head is to blame for the puncture. Check the entire length of the rim and make sure the spoke holes are covered with rim tape and the ends of the spokes do not protrude beyond the inner surface of the rim. If they protrude, then they need to be filed.
A less common cause of puncture is the 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.
Check your bike tires weekly for cuts, sidewall bulges, and wear. Tires with cuts, bulging, and tires with skin visible through the tread are not subject to further use. Remove any pebbles or 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 frequently and last longer. Recommended pressure is usually indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
Bring spare cameras and tires with you.
In the rain, it is very difficult to glue the bike tube, as the patch will not be able to stick to the tube. In such a situation, you need to install a spare camera, which you should always carry with you! A spare tube will also be indispensable in the event of a tire bulging out of the rim or 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 10 cm wider than the cut and 5 cm wider than the tire. Remove the tire from the rim. Place a double layer of patch in the center of the gap or cut within the sheathing. 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 to install the glued section of the tire. Make sure the patch adheres to both sides. Inflate the tire and cut off any extra patch that should hold perfectly in place thanks to the tire’s air pressure.
How to properly seal the camera on the bike
How to avoid punctures
- do not run over curbs, especially at speed;
- do not ride on glass, beaches and other areas where there are a lot of thorns;
- if the front wheel ran into a “dangerous” object (glass, spokes, needles), then try to sharply turn the steering wheel, maneuver so that the rear wheel passes by.
Requirements also apply to the operation of wheels.
Observe the correct tire pressure. Wheels that are too flat are more prone to punctures. The tires must be marked with the permitted pressure range. For example, in the image below, the minimum pressure is 2.8 bar, the maximum pressure is 4.5 bar. There is also a rule. to pump up in winter and in the cold season of spring-autumn more than in summer. Under the influence of cold in an enclosed space, the air decreases its pressure. If in summer you swing the wheels to 2.8 bar, then in winter you can increase the pressure to 3.8 bar. It is important that the upper limit does not exceed the allowable limit written on the tire.
To comply with the required value, purchase a pump with a built-in pressure gauge. The price can start from about 600-700 r.
The modern market offers three tools in case of punctures.
- Anti-puncture tape. rubberized plastic or kevlar tape (strip), which is laid inside the wheel between the tire and the tube. Creates an additional protective layer.
- Sealant. It is poured into the chamber and, in the event of a puncture, tightens the hole, helping to get to the destination.
- Self-adhesive cameras. A special resin is pumped inside the cavity. During the puncture, it completely seals the hole.
What glue to use
The glue must meet a number of requirements:
- after drying, the seam should not change properties during inflation / deflation of the wheel;
- dry as quickly as possible (especially important when the hole happened during a bike ride).
With regard to elasticity, any glue for gluing rubber is suitable, but not based on cyanoacrylate. everything that contains the words “superglue, cyanoacrylate, cosmophen”.
- Good glue Moment for rubber. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and easy to wash if it gets on your hands. Disadvantage. not suitable for quick repairs, since the sonnet is from 30 minutes to two hours.
- Adhesive for patches Tip-Top, however, dries for a very long time (2-4 hours).
- Red Sun quick-drying glue, which was mentioned above (from the repair kit of the same name). It takes 5-15 minutes for the glue to dry completely. Not for sale separately, can only be obtained with a set.
A few more representatives are written in the table.
What to do if there is no glue
The camera can be repaired without glue. To get home quickly, you can rewind the patch tightly with a material that is breathable but snug against the rubber. It can be some kind of tape, electrical tape, scotch tape.
There will not be a strong connection, which means you need to adhere to the rules:
- drive constantly so that the wheel and patch are always under load, and the patch does not move inside;
- it is better to move on a clean, flat road;
- do not overload the wheel.
Vulcanization is the most durable repair method. The patch is pressed tightly, then heating is done with a high temperature, so both surfaces are fused, forming a single material. Vulcanize in a tire fitting in a couple of minutes.
What to do if the camera goes down
Descent after the repair carried out may indicate the following:
- the patch leaves and lets air through (dip in water to check);
- there are other punctures on the camera that were not sealed;
- the nipple allows air to pass through (you can tighten the spool or completely change the chamber in case of an unsatisfactory result);
- a cord (metal thin wire) has come out of the tire, which constantly makes new damage. The most correct thing would be to replace the camera with a new one.
How to put the wheel back together
- We place the deflated camera inside the wheel with our hands. First, we insert the nipple into the rim, and then we fill the camera with our hands.
- For convenience, slightly inflate the wheel.
- Using the mounting hooks, install the tire back.
- Fully swing the wheel, put it back on the bike. We tighten the nuts well, check the evenness of the installation so that the brakes do not overwrite, and there are no very different gaps between the fork / feathers and the wheel. If necessary, do alignment.
There is a slight difference in the installation of the front and rear wheels. On the rear there are high-speed gears, and on the feathers there is a speed switch through which the chain passes. This means that the wheel must be inserted so that there is a chain on both sides of the “stars”.
Removing a wheel from a bike
First unscrew the nuts on the bushing. In modern bicycles, the size of the nuts is 14 mm, the wrench is needed the same. If the wheel is fixed with an eccentric, then simply unclench it. Then remove the wheel and proceed to the next step.
If your bike has a rim brake, the pads can get in the way. Then you have to release the brake so that the wheel has enough space to pass. Disc brakes are no problem.
How to remove the tire and take out the camera
- Bleed air completely from the chamber. Press down on the spool inside the nipple and push down on the chamber until air is released. Or completely unscrew the spool.
- Using the mounting tool, carefully pry the tire and move the lever to extend the tire so that it looks out of the rim. With the second mounting tool at a distance of 10-15 cm, protrude the tire in the same way. When a part of the tire already protrudes beyond the rim, you can pry it with your fingers and move along the rim until the entire side of the tire comes out. It is not necessary to remove the other side of the tire.
- Remove the nipple from the hole in the rim, then completely remove the rubber tube.
Your next task will be to find and then defuse the puncture in the chamber. Take a household bowl at home and fill it with water. Then pump up the camera well and submerge it in the water. Rotate it slowly, starting from the nipple, and when you see air bubbles, pull out the camera and circle the puncture site with a ballpoint pen.
How to properly glue a patch on a bicycle camera
Take a degreaser, moisten cotton with it and then wipe the puncture site with it (remove all dirt and paste from the handle). Remember the place where the hole is and prepare the patch while the alcohol evaporates.
Congratulations, you learned how to glue a bicycle tube yourself! As you can see, there is nothing complicated here and even a seven-year-old child can do this. Maybe someone will tell you that you need to sand the camera with sandpaper before applying the glue, and this person will be right. Also, if he tells you that the glue should be applied only to the camera, and not to the patch. Previously, I also cleaned with emery, but then I noticed that even without it, everything is glued with a bang. And I apply glue in the old fashioned way on both surfaces to be glued, for reliability, as my grandfather taught. In general, try it, you will succeed! Also, be sure to watch my video, which I shot especially for you, so that you understand everything as best as possible. Write to me about your result in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below. That’s all for now!
How to glue a bike camera at home
During the cycling season, you may encounter the problem of a punctured tube. Such a situation is not uncommon, because it is very easy to damage transport against sharp stone, glass, reinforcement. It is best to carry out repairs in a timely manner and eliminate the puncture site. You can glue the bike camera yourself. If the second option is unacceptable for some reason, then you should know some of the features of bicycle repair, how to glue it with your own hands.
In such situations, a repair kit is needed, which includes: glue, patches and sandpaper for cleaning. This will help you glue your bike wheel at home. You will also need wrenches and pliers. The first ones are selected individually depending on the type and parameters of the bike. To get started, turn the transport upside down and remove them, you can use a mounting kit, but if the equipment has hydraulic brakes, it is not recommended to keep it in this state. air can get inside. With other types of brakes, you can not be afraid of this, only it is better to take care of the handle and speed switch and handle them carefully.
After removing the wheels (or one you need), you need to start boring. It is best to inspect the part from all sides to find the cause of the damage, because it could get stuck, and in the future will lead to new punctures. Then completely deflate the tire and remove it from the rim. If the puncture site cannot be detected visually, then you need to slightly pump up the chamber and determine exactly where the air is coming from. If you have a basin or a bucket of water at hand, lower the camera into it: it will be easy to find the puncture site by the emerging bubbles.
Fix A Puncture. Patch A Bike’s Inner Tube
There may be several holes, and therefore it is important to identify them all and mark them. Then we clean these places with a special float or sandpaper. This will provide better adhesion of the adhesive and make the wheel repair effective. Next, you need to glue the puncture. If there is no special patch, then it can be cut out of the old tire and cleaned its edges with sandpaper. Further actions are simple: glue (preferably special, but you can also apply a moment for rubber) is applied to the camera and the patch, they are fastened and squeezed with effort for several minutes. It is better to use pliers, initially placing some kind of fabric between their teeth. In this way, new troubles can be avoided. It is also best to familiarize yourself with the instructions for using the glue: it is quite possible that you will not need to press the tire surfaces to each other right away, but you should wait a certain period of time. Thus, you can get a more effective result and firmly seal the puncture in the chamber. After the adhesive has dried, insert the camera into the wheel cover. Do not use expired glue!
When driving off-road or on other terrain, it is quite easy to damage tires. You can also get wheel breakage with an inappropriate attitude to transport. The puncture site may be on the rim side, which indicates that the spoke head has pierced the wheel. Accordingly, the flipper tape running between the tube and the rim is worn out and has not been replaced in time. In this case, you can wrap the tape around the rim area and use the old tape, or purchase a stiffer new one. There are also other causes of damage:
- The camera is not pumped enough;
- Broken nipple;
- A sharp hit on a hard and sharp surface.
On long journeys, it is recommended to take a spare camera and a repair kit. This will ensure that the ride will be comfortable and hassle-free, and you can glue the camera quickly and easily.
After you take out the camera, be sure to check the inside of the tire for any remaining thorns. To do this, walk in a circle with the fingers of both hands on the inner surface, there may be small thorns that are not always visible from the outside.
How to properly glue a bicycle tube
When the camera is in your hands, take the pump, start pumping and at the same time look for a puncture (by ear or by touch). If the hole is too small to be found, use water (immerse the camera in water). But after this procedure, be sure to dry or wipe the camera in the place where you will glue.
This is what an average bicycle tube puncture looks like.
Having found the puncture site, we process it with emery. so that the patch is reliably glued.
- Note! It is imperative to check the inner surface of the tire, as the cause of the puncture (glass, wire, etc.) may remain in it. In order not to check the entire tire, just take a rough look at where the puncture is relative to the nipple.
Then we apply glue to the area the size of the patch and wait for a while (a minute or two), after which we strongly press the patch to the surface.
After 5 minutes, the camera can be used again. Pump a small amount of air into it. so that it takes shape. Then insert the nipple into the hole in the rim, tuck the tube into place and fence the tire.
And in addition to the repair kit, always carry a spare camera with you. Believe me, it will not be superfluous if you have no time to glue patches and / or find yourself in conditions in which it will be impossible to do it.
How to disassemble bicycle wheels
You shouldn’t have any problems with removing the wheel: all you need is to squeeze the eccentric handle, unscrew it a little and, when loosening, pull out the wheel. If you have rim brakes, you will also need to release them before doing this.
Having removed the wheel, we release the air from the chamber (if it remains there), then we proceed to the border. Its essence is to release the tire cord by pulling it over the rim.
Then we take out the camera, having previously released the nipple from the socket.
How to glue the camera correctly, easily and quickly
“Puncture” is not a problem for those who know how to properly and quickly glue the camera. Today we will teach it.
Everyone who gets on a bicycle sooner or later gets “punctured”. What to do in such a situation? First of all, don’t panic. Well, and then know that you should have at least a minimal repair kit with you whenever and wherever you are cycling. It should include:
- pump (how to choose the right pump. find out here);
- side vanes;
Patches, glue and emery are usually included in the camera repair kit. There are also self-adhesive patches that do not require pre-application of glue, which means less time is spent.
A repair kit that every cyclist should have with him at all times
It is better to see once than hear a hundred times. Therefore, we attach a video with a visual example on how to properly glue a bicycle camera:
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Bicycle cameras: types and features
The traditional pair “tire camera” is gradually losing its leadership, but nevertheless, most bicycles are “shod” with their help. Manufacturers and designers have already presented to the market alternative solutions. tubeless and self-adhesive versions, as well as a reinforced butyl chamber made of synthesized rubber with a special margin of safety and increased elasticity.
As in the case of tubeless, the transition to improved rubber is prevented by their double cost compared to a conventional product. Therefore, a fairly solid army of riders with a breeze still rides on ordinary rubber, from time to time patching it up or changing it to a new one.
How to repair your bike camera yourself at home
While tubeless tires are occupying new segments of the automotive industry, cycling enthusiasts still prefer to use rubber, which is equipped with rubber tubes. The features of operation and the high cost of tubeless options make themselves felt. Naturally, the question of how to glue a bicycle camera is still relevant, especially since this part remains among the leaders not only in terms of re-suitability, but also in terms of replaceability.
What you need to have on hand for prompt rubber repair
The optimal set of tools is already included with the bike. But a repair kit for rubber should be periodically updated, since it has a shelf life of from several months to a year. It will not be difficult to repair a puncture using a repair kit, since it includes everything you need:
- a tube of rubber glue;
- patches of various shapes and diameters;
- mounting blades;
- metal grater for cleaning the area with a puncture.
Some repair kits come with wrenches and detailed instructions with infographics. If there is no tube with glue in the box or bag, this may mean that a self-adhesive layer is applied to the patches and it is enough just to press them tightly to the cleaned and prepared puncture site, holding in this position for some time.
In an attempt to find the best solution to the question of how to glue the bicycle camera at home or quickly and efficiently eliminate the puncture right during the trip, bicycle fans are ready to go to various experiments. Meanwhile, there is a 100% effective algorithm that has been tested for decades by many years of application in practice.
So, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly glue the bike camera.
- Make sure the flat tire is caused by a puncture and not a nipple problem. To do this, inflate the wheel and check if this area is the cause of air leakage by moistening the hole with soapy water or simply dropping water into it.
- Examine the tire carefully. Clean it from glass fragments and other debris, then remove the wheel and disassemble it.
- Take out the chamber and pump it up to locate the puncture site. This can be done by ear. the air will leave the shell with a hiss. The second option visualizes the problem and allows you to make a better audit of the integrity of the rubber. To do this, water is collected in a basin or any other container, after which sections of the wheel are gradually immersed in it and puncture points are determined where it is necessary to glue the patch. In order not to lose them, you can put marks with a marker or ordinary chalk, outlining the puncture.
- If water was used for diagnostics, let it dry completely before gluing the bicycle tube, then prepare the damaged areas for applying glue and installing a patch.
5. Grind the puncture site to the size of the patch and apply a thin layer of adhesive to it. 6. Remove the protective film from the patch and apply it tightly to the rubber surface. 7. Collect the wheel.
What if you don’t have a repair kit at hand? What kind of glue to use? What material to make patches from? How to degrease rubber? In such cases, there is no choice but to glue the bicycle camera with a patch cut from the same rubber from the old camera, but no longer subject to repair, and stored for this very purpose. As an adhesive base, you can use any composition, in the target description of which there is a note “for rubber”. Cleaning and degreasing the surface can be done with a piece of sandpaper.
Many are interested in: is it possible to glue the patch with superglue? It is possible, but only in order to get to the place of repair, since elastic rubber rather quickly destroys the hardened glue.
And one more moment, sometimes causing difficulties: which side to glue the patch? The protective layer is removed from a plain, smooth surface, which must be applied to the camera.