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If you have pneumatic (air filled) tyres on your pram you may occasionally fall victim to the dreaded "Flat" (puncture). If this is the case you have a couple of options:
- Repair the inner tube
- Replace the inner tube
The inner tube is what sits inside the tyre and holds in the air. If you decide to repair the inner tube you will need the following items:
- Tyre Levers
- Repair Patches
The tyre levers are for removing the existing outer tyre so you can access the inner tube. Once you have removed the inner tube you will need the repair patches to mend the hole, and the pump to inflate it when you replace it. All these items can be found in the top menu under Puncture Repair-Prevention.
If you decide to replace the inner tube you need to know the correct size. The best way to choose the correct size is by visiting our All Products section.
If your outer tyre is showing any signs of wear it is recommended that you change it as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for choosing the correct tyre for your pram.
Look at your existing tyres
Just about every tyre will have size markings written on the side wall. Example: 12½ x 1.75 x 2¼ (47-203)
The first part of the size 12½ x 1.75 x 2¼ is the important part as this is the UK way of measuring tyres. The size in brackets is what is known as the ERTRO measurement which is the European method of measuring tyres.
If your tyre has the above markings simply look through our online store for all tyres & inner tubes size 12½ x 1.75 x 2¼.
If your tyre is marked 12½ x 2¼ this is slightly different from the previous example, so in this case you would look for tyres & inner tubes size 12½ x 2¼.
Some tyres & inner tubes use this type of measurement "280 x 65-203" so look through our website for products with those sizings.
As you explore our website you will find that the most popular makes and models of prams will have their own category so you can select the products there. If your particular pram is not listed you will have to search the website for the matching sizes.
To view all tyres and inner tubes available on our website visit our All Products section.
CHOOSING THE CORRECT TREAD STYLE
Some tyre sizes come in a choice of "tread styles", which one do you choose?
Most tyres for pushchairs & prams have an "Easy Rolling" tread, however, with some sizes you might also have the option of a "Heavy Duty" or "Chunky" tread. The "Easy Rolling" tread is ideal for every day urban use on pavements etc., while the "Chunky" tread is more suited to rural conditions, country lanes etc.
CHOOSING THE CORRECT VALVE
All inner tubes are fitted with a valve, but which one do you choose?
The only real function of a valve is to enable you to inflate the inner tube, so why are there different types?
There are actually several different types of valve but we will just concentrate on the ones used on pushairs & prams.
Both are known as "Schrader" valves. They are the same as the valves used on cars & most bicycles but are often made with the valves either "Straight" or "Angled". The idea of the "Angled" valves is to make it easier to inflate the inner tube on smaller wheels. Because the valve sticks out at an angle it is much easier to attach your pump. If the inner tube you need comes with a choice of different valves and you are not sure which one to choose we have listed them below in order of preference:
Angled (bent) valves stick out from the side of the wheel making it much easier to attach your pump when inflating the tyres.
Straight valves do not stick out from the side of the wheel so make sure there is enough room for you to attach your pump.
This only applies to inner tubes available with a choice of valves, some are only available with one valve option.
HOW CAN I PREVENT PUNCTURES?
It's almost impossible to completely eliminate "FLATS" but here are a few suggestions that might help.
- Always keep your tyres inflated to the recommended pressure. Not only does this reduce the risk of sharp objects penetrating the tyre, it also makes it a lot easier for you to handle the pram. If you don't have a pump please search our website for available products.
- Always ensure your tyres are in good condition & not showing signs of wear. A worn tyre means less protection against sharp objects. If your tyres are worn you really should replace them.
- Invest in one or more of our Puncture Prevention products
HOW DO I CHANGE A TYRE & INNER TUBE?
I've bought my new tyres & inner tubes, how do I fit them?
First of all make sure you have the correct tools for the job. When fitting tyres and innertubes you will require the following items which are available to purchase on our website.
- TYRE LEVERS
- Remove the wheel
- Remove any remaining air from the old inner tube. This can be done by pushing down on the inner part of the valve with a sharp object (like a pen).
- Remove the old tyre using tyre levers. You will probably need 2 levers for this.
- Run your fingers around the rim of the wheel to make sure there are no sharp edges.
- If you are re-using the old tyre run your fingers around the inside of it to ensure there are no sharp objects.
- Fit one side of the new tyre on to the rim of the wheel.
- Inflate the new inner tube just enough to shape it (4 or 5 pumps should do).
- Place the inner tube inside the tyre & push the valve through the hole in the rim.
- Push the second side of the tyre onto the wheel rim USING YOUR THUMBS. If it is a tight fit remove all the air from the inner tube. Don't be tempted to use tyre levers to get the tyre onto the rim, if you do you will probably "pinch" the tube.
- Inflate to the recommended pressure & re-fit the wheel.
TIGHT & UNEVEN FITTING TYRES:
- Another useful tip for fitting tight tyres, or tyres that you are having trouble sitting evenly on the rim, is to warm them up first, on a radiator or in a warm airing cupboard. This makes them more pliable and a bit easier to fit.
CLICK HERE to view a printable version of our Fitting Tips.