Bead Breaker for tyres??

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  1. Byron1

    Byron1 Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    I am currently travelling RTW on a '79 R100 RS.

    Before leaving home, I put two new inner tubes, two tyre levers and a rim protector in my tool kit.

    In the last fortnight we have had two punctures.. my fault trying to ride our heavily laden road bike with road tires on dirt roads. Still, 2 punctures so far on a16k mile (and counting) ride isnt bad.

    Anyway, on both occassions I have had to take the wheel to a workshop for them to break the bead and get the tyre off. Fortunately, on each occassion passers by have willingly stopped to help and we have not been to far from a workshop.

    As we travel further I am worried that our luck may change.

    Does anyone know where I can buy a small portable bead breaking device?? Sure I have seen one before but cant seem to find them anywhere..

    Any advice or tips for breaking beads on the road much appreciated!

    Byron
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  2. mwood7800

    mwood7800 Banned

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    Hardware store c clamp
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  3. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    If you have a center stand, prop bike up and use your side stand to break the bead. Place the foot of side stand near the bead of the tire (not on rim) grab hold of handlebars and rear section of bike and roll the bike's weight on to the tire, you may have to put your foot on the outside of the rim so that it doesn't lift, be mindful of the disk.
    I've been doing this for awhile now and it works for me.
    Hope this helps and hope you have a center stand.
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  4. Byron1

    Byron1 Been here awhile

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    Cheers for those tips..

    The bead on the tyre was a mother f'cker to break. The C Clamp idea had crossed my mind but I didnt want to put a load of pressure through a relatively small point onto the tyre wall for fear of tearing the rubber..

    Also thanks for the side stand idea... have a centrestand so that could work.

    Hopefully I wont have to, but if needs be I'll give them a shot.
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  5. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    Motion Pro makes a couple of portable tools for the job but have not tried them personally...however the reviews at motorcyclesuperstore are generally positive...more so for the clamp tool

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  6. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    I like this http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-35-beadbrakr.aspx I also have the Motion Pro shown in the post above but it will often brake one bead then just keep pushing that side in and not break the other side. This one will push from the rim to the bead so it will positively break both sides.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  7. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    I use a c clamp and clamp one of my tire irons under the screw side as i tighten the clamp to pop the bead. Once that bead is popped, i flip the clamp and do the same thing on the other side. I use chain lube on the rim and bead of the tire when i put everything back together.
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  9. Beezer

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    that big Motion Pro thing sucks

    the Bead Popper works good on some but not all tires

    when traveling in company I use somebodies' sidestand, when traveling solo I carry a clamp and plate:

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    the clamp ALWAYS wins. it will not hurt the rubber. I break each side one at a time. the clamp only has to be big enough to reach around the rim. the plate (1/8" aluminum) also serves a footprint for my sidestand on soft dirt or hot pavement, as a platform for my stove, and as a cutting board for repairs, etc
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  10. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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  11. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    You can also get an aluminum C Clamp which will save alot of weight if that is an issue.

    Just another option.

    But they are a little hard to find.

    Otherwise, they will work on ANY tire, a couple pieces of wood (1/4) to slip in between and tire will keep the bead from resetting itself again.
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  12. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    ditto for the c-clamp.
    Beezer is right: it always wins!
    you won't permanently deform your tire or anything.

    if you cant reach around the rim like in the photo, you can use it on the outside (tire-side). i've done it on my sportbike, which has a weird lip around the rim...

    i've seen the best rest bead braker not work on stiff sidewalls. could be the technique, though.
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    basic physics....levers and fulcrum points. because your in the middle of nowhere a tree branch and rocks would suffice.


    www.tyrepliers.com.au

    here's a solid tool to carry if you go that route.

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    X4.

    I used a 6" C-clamp with a small plate on the opposite side to break the bead on my tubeless tires on my Vstrom no problem as well.
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  16. ragtoplvr

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    rather than aluminum I use a small piece of oak, doubles as side stand pad.
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  17. tommymerle

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    Yep. Works for me but it would be a pain to haul around the world. I like the side stand solution.
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  18. burmbuster

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    Holy shit. No offense, but that is a ripoff. You have maybe $60 worth of tools in there. Must be the Aerostitch Tyre Irons.:lol3
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  19. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    You already have the tools.

    Flip the tire tools opposite each other and you can work the tire around the rim and break the bead fairly easily. Works best with the motion pro tire tools that have a thinner spoon. The technique is to use one tool to push down while the other pulls the bead away.

    I usually use a c clamp in the shop. Side stand if available on the trail. And one of those plastic wedge things sometimes.

    Here is a similar technique to the reversed spoons.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ry6RqM2l8



    And here is the piece of wood method someone else mentioned.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XArpY_hSdk
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  20. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    But it's got, 3 gold zinc plated steel irons. Gold man, not silver, gold :lol3
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