One of the skills that you really need to master when you start biking is to change a flat tire. It sounds really simple but you will not believe how many people actually do not know how to change one.
To be honest it is really not that difficult if you just have the right person teaching you the correct technique. Once you do it a couple of times you will have it down and you will not be afraid of going on long rides and being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire.
You simply need a tire lever, pump and an extra tube. I personally carry around a portable C02 pump that fits in a small bag under my seat. This makes it easy to carry and I can use it anywhere I end up with a flat.
Check out the video below to see how to change a road bike’s flat tire.
Now do not be afraid to go out in the garage and tire this on an existing tire. It really is the best way to learn. With a little practice you will have much more confidence about changing a tire which will enable you to go on longer rides by yourself and not rely on others.