One of the most irritating (and dangerous) thing to find is a tyre puncture. The worst aspect about it is you can get one just about anywhere, regardless if you’re riding in the city or to some far away destination.
The good news is repair tubeless tyres is pretty straightforward, compared to a tubed tyre. All you need are the right tools for the job and you’re back on the road in no time.
What you need
Firstly, you need an Oxford Tyre Repair Kit. The kit is complete with:
- 1 x Connector complete with valve.
- 1 X Cutter.
- 5 x Sealing strips, also known as rope strips (also colloquially known as “cacing” in Malaysia).
- 1 x Plug insert tool.
- 1 x Hole routing tool.
- 1 x Tube of glue.
- 3 x CO2 canisters (avoiding the need for an air pump).
Secondly, you need the Oxford Tool Kit Pro. The set includes further pieces of tools including pliers to pull the thing that punctured the tyre. You may also consider the Oxford Tool Kit.
Repairing the tyre
Usually, the hole is easy to find as there is still a nail, screw or some object embedded in it.
- Rotate the tyre and check for other signs of puncture.
- Pull offending item out with the pliers.
- Pick up thecorkscrew-like tool and ream in and out of the hole to rough it up a bit.
- Apply the cement into and around hole. The cement is to hold the rope plug in place.
- Insert the sticky rope plug through the eyelet of the needle.
- Push the needle with the rope plug through the hole and pull the needle back out quickly.
- Cut off the excess rope plug, leaving about 1cm.
- Place the metal part of the valve adapter on the tyre valve.
- Push in a CO2 canister into the red end of the adapter.
- Check again to see if air is escaping from the repaired hole, by sprinkling some water on it or spitting on it.
- You can ride away if there’s no further leak, or you may need to insert another plug if there is.
You can ride away after reinflating the tyre with the CO2 canisters. Ride slowly, not over 80 km/h for 15 minutes to let the plug settle in.
However, the tyre pressure may not be correct after doing so, thus the first thing you should do is head to a petrol station or workshop to reinflate the tyre, whichever comes first.
Also do visit a motorcycle workshop to have the tyre removed and patched from the inside, as the rope plug is NOT a permanent fix. After that, you need to slow your top speed.
The best solution after getting a puncture is to replace the punctured tyre completely, as the structure has been compromised.