It’s well worth learning how to repair a puncture. It saves you money but, arguably more important, you aren’t left stranded if you get a puncture when a long way from home or a bike shop.
Work started on Monday 18 February and is planned to take up to 5 weeks. The resurfacing will upgrade the footpath to a shared cycle path.
This is the result of a three year Cycle Hayling campaign led by Robert Sebley. We hope it will be the start of a network of cycle paths providing safer routes to the island’s schools and improved cycle access to the south east of the island.
There’s no good time to get a puncture. At best it’s an inconvenience, at worst a puncture can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately we are subject to a variety of puncture hazards on the Island and immediate surrounds; notably thorns and flint chippings.
You first need to decide whether it is worth fixing, or not.
Just about everything on the bike can be brought back into service, or replaced, but the cost could be more than getting a good, replacement bike.
More important, of course, you need to be safe.
It is hard to provide useful, general guidance about whether a bike is serviceable, or not. We might be able to help if you get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some photos might help. You might also consider a trip to the Portsmouth Cycle Centre – a local group of volunteers prepared to help you with bike maintenance.
On the other hand, if all your bike needs is some attention, we provide advice for looking after your bike here. We cover using a specialist bike shop and describe ways to ‘do it yourself’.
Cleaning your bike will help to keep it running smoothly. It will be easier to pedal and change gear, and your brakes will be more effective.
If you use your bike for short trips in the dry, you won’t need to clean it often at all. The more you ride, the more frequently you’ll need to clean it.
It’s worth looking after your chain because:
- If it breaks or siezes up – you won’t be going anywhere
- Without effective lubrication: cycling will be harder; and you’ll damage your gears
- If you don’t replace your chain when necessary, you’ll damage your gears irreparably making eventual replacement far more expensive
You’ll need to remove your bike’s wheels to fix a puncture or to clean your bike throughly.