Tubeless tyres offer several advantages over traditional tyres, including improved puncture resistance and the ability to run at lower pressures for enhanced traction. However, like any tyre, tubeless tyres are not completely immune to punctures. When a puncture does occur, it’s important to know how to properly patch a tubeless tyre to get back on the road quickly. This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of patching a tubeless tyre, providing a quick and easy solution to get you rolling again. 


Tools Needed: 

– Tubeless tyre repair kit (includes patches, insertion tool, and rubber cement) 

– Tyre levers 

– Hand pump or CO2 inflator 

– Bucket of water (optional) 


Step-by-Step Instructions: 


  1. Identify the puncture: Before starting the patching process, locate the puncture in your tubeless tyre. This can be done by visually inspecting the tyre or inflating it and listening for any hissing sounds indicating air escaping. If needed, you can also submerge the tyre in a bucket of water and look for bubbles where the puncture is located. 


  1. Deflate the tyre: Use a valve core removal tool or the valve core tool included in your tubeless tyre repair kit to remove the valve core and fully deflate the tyre. This step is essential to create a larger working area for the repair. 


  1. Remove the tyre from the rim: Using tyre levers, carefully pry the bead of the tyre off the rim on one side. Work your way around the rim until the tyre is completely removed. Take caution not to damage the rim or the tyre. 


  1. Inspect the inside of the tyre: Thoroughly inspect the inside of the tyre to ensure there are no other hidden punctures or debris that could cause further issues. Remove any foreign objects if necessary. 


  1. Prepare the patch: Take a patch from your tubeless tyre repair kit and apply a thin layer of rubber cement to the rough side of the patch. Let the cement dry for a few seconds until it becomes tacky. 


  1. Insert the patch: Using the insertion tool from your repair kit, carefully insert the patch into the puncture from the inside of the tyre. Push the patch all the way in until it is flush with the inside of the tyre. Pull out the insertion tool, leaving the patch securely in place. 


  1. Reinstall the tyre: Starting at the valve stem, reposition the tyre onto the rim. Begin by pushing the bead of the tyre onto the rim with your hands, and then use tyre levers if necessary. Take care not to pinch the tubeless valve stem or damage the patch during this process. 


  1. Inflate the tyre: Reinstall the valve core using your valve core removal tool or the one provided in your kit. Use a hand pump or CO2 inflator to inflate the tyre to the recommended pressure. Listen for any hissing sounds that could indicate a leak. 


  1. Test for leaks: If there are no leaks and the tyre holds air pressure, give it a thorough inspection to ensure that the patch is securely in place. 


  1. Final checks: After patching the tubeless tyre, take your bike for a short test ride to ensure that the repair is holding up. Pay attention to any unusual handling or loss of air pressure. If everything feels and looks good, you’re ready to get back to your regular riding. 


Patching a tubeless tyre is a quick and easy solution to get you back on the road when a puncture occurs. By following the step-by-step instructions in this guide and using a tubeless tyre repair kit, you can effectively patch your tubeless tyre and continue riding with confidence. Remember to always carry a repair kit and the necessary tools with you on your rides to handle any unexpected punctures. Safe travels!