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Old 07-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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Thanks guys, great ideas, links, and encouragement. My wife asked why I worried about it (trail fixes) as I "probably won't be riding in the middle of nowhere". I know that one-lane country roads with no cell phone service is "in the middle if nowhere"! From the pics and stories above you never know what the next road or trail has in store.

I did break down and pay the shop to change it out. His hydraulic machine made quick work of it. He did mention the bead on one side was pretty tight. As he and a couple other guys in the Cyclegear store talked one of them mentioned a big boy they know that breaks the bead without tools. Fish story? I don't know but they did appreciate my attempts (one guy rides a legal xr).

The front tire will be done in-house. Or maybe out in the yard.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #17
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:42 PM   #18
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:48 PM   #19
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It's been over seven years since I've paid for a tire change. It just takes practice.

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:57 AM   #20
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So today was my first day back home. My friend calls me at 8am to go ride. We head out and at the trail head is his buddies house. His buddy and his son were loading up their KTMs in the trailer and one of the bikes had a flat. Right when we showed up he was in the beginning stages of changing the tube. The guy didn't use a tool to break the bead. He stomped on the tire with his heal several times and got it loose.

I thought it was awesome how the last few days I've been reading about how to do this project and the first day im back home I get to see it done. The guy was VERY experienced and it still took him about 15 mins. Im sure it will take me at least an hour when the time comes
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:54 AM   #21
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #22
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Make sure you know where the tip of your tool is. I guide it in with my fingers...
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #23
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In addition to the above items to carry, I carry a small bottle of shampoo, available in any motel room. I wrap duct tape around it to make a smaller roll of duct tape.

Add a little water to the shampoo and use liberally. Had a flat half way across the Denali gravel highway in the middle of Alaska. Took me about two hours in a 42 degree rain to change the tube and put a patch on the inside of the tire since it had a one inch cut.

My riding partner asked what he could do......I told him to get the camera and take pictures.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #24
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some beads break by stomping, some by hand even.... some require the clamp. a side stand works good if you have a friends bike (or a center stand), anyway you'll figure that out. something I highly recommend is a Bead Buddy... it's a little Y shaped wedge that holds the bead & frees up 2 hands for the spoons. also, when you pull the spoon out from between the tire & rim roll it out to the side (like parallel to the rim) when you go all the way over it tends to bite deeper into the tire

I run 30psi on the highway & drop to 18-20 in the dirt (no rimlocks)

save your money to buy Ricor valves for your KLR forks.... works wonders. forget changing the springs, go straight to the valves
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:10 PM   #25
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What's "funny" about this project is I haven't ridden the ex500 (but heard it run--a couple years ago!) and the KLR I rode around but have no idea how either bike is supposed to handle. The Ricors are on order/back order and a 320mm front rotor upgrade is in-house. I'm upgrading the things KLR owners fuss about but, short of riding an all-original, I won't know how much better I've made it.
Armed with this info I'm hopeful/confident the front tire change will happen this weekend. Thanks so much for the tips!
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:26 PM   #26
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Lots of good info here.

Question;

How many of you carry a front and rear replacement tube? I've heard rumor that you can run a front tube in the rear for a trail fix.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #27
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Lots of good info here.

Question;

How many of you carry a front and rear replacement tube? I've heard rumor that you can run a front tube in the rear for a trail fix.
Yes, you can put any size larger in a smaller tire as a temp fix, we even put an 18 inch tube in a 19" rear wheel one time, the guy didn't even know he was running a 19" rim....we kept wondering why it was such a tight fit....

The thing about putting a 21" tube in an 18" rear, when you get home, you have to swap it out again. I always carry an 18" tube and a 21" tube AND a patch kit and a 12v pump, I kinda have to ......









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Old 09-04-2013, 07:16 AM   #28
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Great pics Austinjake!

What's the 2nd rod you are using for a makeshift center stand?

Was wondering how people do it on bikes without a center stand.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:23 PM   #29
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I remember changing my first tires, it was a royal PIA. Now that I have done 100 or so tires, it really is not too bad, I have a 30 gallon metal drum as a stand, a pair of long levers and WD40 in a squirt bottle. Make sure you at least have those 3 things and you will get it.
Where do you carry the 30 gallon metal drum on a trip ?
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #30
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My friends bike outside of Las Vegas this past weekend. Between us we had everything needed to change it out. Airing it up was another storyghead:

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