How to Fix a Flat Tire | Rad Academy

A rider stands next to his electric bike while fixing a flat tire.

A flat tire doesn't have to catch you flat-footed. Sure, they're frustrating, but with a little bit of know-how, you can get back to riding Rad in no time. 

In the spirit of keeping you on the trail, we launched Rad Academy, a series of basic electric bike maintenance classes that give riders a chance to hone their skills with our team of resident experts. 

If you missed this month's livestream, you can still catch Service Excellence Manager Fritz's walkthrough on IGTV

 

 

 

Here are a few of Fritz's tips: 

 

  • Make sure you stock up on the right tools and supplies. This includes a replacement tube, a tire lever, a pump or CO2 inflator, and a pick, knifepoint, or similar poking tool. If you're working on your rear wheel, you'll also need your battery key, an adjustable 18mm wrench, a 4mm hex wrench, zip ties, and a cutting tool. If you really want to make sure you’re good to go, a tire pressure gauge is also a huge help.

     

  • Remove your battery. It makes your bike easier to flip over and ensures your safety. Before you begin, discharge your bike fully. Once the battery’s off, hold down the power button to make sure you get rid of any stored electricity.

     

  • You don’t need to fully remove the axle nuts to replace your tire. You can just loosen them.

 

  • After you remove the wheel, make sure you don’t damage your motor wire you just unplugged or the round, thin steel brake rotor. 

     

  • Gently nudge the tire off the rim to create some slack before you use your tire lever.

     

  • Make sure there is some air in the new tube so that it will hold its shape when you’re installing it back into the tire. This will save you a lot of effort and time since it will be less unwieldy. 

     

  • Once you've removed the debris from the inside and around the outside of your tire, you’re probably still good to use it if you aren’t able to directly see the threads or casing.

 

 

Don't feel comfortable performing your own maintenance? No worries! Check out our full selection of service options. Want to learn more about our tires? Take a look at how we're changing the game

KnowledgeRead

Featured Products

Save $350
Side view of a charcoal RadRover 6 Plus high-step electric fat tire bike

Electric Fat Tire Bike

The ebike model that started it all: Hop on our flagship fat tire and you may never want to leave. Now in its sixth version, the RadRover 6 Plus powers through all types of weather and terrain, with the technology and design to make it your best ebike ride yet.

(4.7) 628 Reviews
+2
+1
$1,649 $1,999
Shop Now
Side view of a silver RadRunner Plus electric cargo bike

Electric Utility Bike

Perfect for errands, perfect for fun, this electric utility bike comes fully-loaded with exclusive accessories to elevate your everyday experiences. The passenger package invites you to bring a friend for the ride, while the premium headlight gives you the confidence to hit the road any time.

(4.7) 1182 Reviews
+1
$1,899
Shop Now
Close up view of black, metal Front Rack for Rad ebikes.
(4.5) 590 Reviews
+2
+1
$69
Shop Now

Popular Posts

  1. A RadRover 6 Plus on a dirt mountain road from a distance.
  2. A close-up of the RadRover Step-Thru alongside a pair of plants.
  3. What's in an Electric Bike Category Name?