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As part of our Junior Duke Award, some of us chose to do the puncture repair activity. For this, we had to remove a tyre from a bike, find the puncture, patch it up and put the bike together again. It sounded easy but it was actually quite hard – and very oily – thank goodness we had plastic gloves! Remy’s Dad, who owns Leith Cycle Co. and Caitlin’s Dad very kindly ran a workshop to teach us.
They showed us how to take the wheel off by turning the bike over and releasing the brake cable. Then we used a special tool to take out the inner tube. We checked if the thing that had made the puncture was still in the tyre rim – apparently lots of people get another puncture straight away if they haven’t done this! Then we pumped up the inner tube to find the hole where the air was escaping. This was quite easy because we could feel and hear the air coming out – and it stank of fish! To fix it, we were shown the glue and the patch, and we did this later on with Mrs. Sinclair.
Mr. Dowcett and Mr. Shields then taught us how to re-assemble the bike, connecting the tyre back to the forks. We are really grateful for Mr. Dowcett and Mr. Shields for the workshop and we now know what to do if we get a puncture! Another Bike Workshop will run this term for the next group of Junior Dukers.
Caitlin, Katia, Sophie, Niamh & Amber