Changing tires

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Sabre170, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. B_C_Ries

    B_C_Ries Long timer

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    I had to leave my bike on the side of the road without a back wheel once, I hated the feeling.
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  2. brittrunyon

    brittrunyon R 100 GS F 650 GS

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  3. Padmei

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    Amen.
    I always try to do what I can on the bike & something easy like changing tyres Pfffft - I've changed thousands of MTB tyres & a few on UJMs how hard can it be?

    Well after nipping 2 tubes on one wheel & still failing after subsequent attempts, it is now one job that I admit defeat on & I take my wheel with head hanging low to the guys that do it every day.
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  4. 190e

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> Not sure if the OP was talking about snowflakes or spoked wheels. When I moved from non airhead spoked wheels to snowflakes I couldn't believe how much harder it was to change tires. I've been there breaking the beads on snowflakes and had to use colossal force to do it. Always makes me question the perceived wisdom on the other common tire thread topic.


    According to the theory when using tubeless tires without tubes on snowflake rims the profile doesn't retain the bead once the air is let out and the tire beads will fall relatively easily into the wheel well - ergo they are unsafe.

    I think not.
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  5. regomodo

    regomodo Been here awhile

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    Apart from struggling to get the bead to sit correctly (i didn't have a man-enough pump) I found fitting roadriders to snowflakes a piece of cake. Maybe it's tyre combos that make a difference. Fitting Pirelli MT43's onto a different bike was murder.
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  6. 190e

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    Breaking and seating the bead aside putting new tires on snowflakes always seems easier than getting them off. I think I put the last one on without using levers. Maybe it will come off easier than some.
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  7. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I gotta feeling there is something to the tire too.
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  8. kniepm

    kniepm Been here awhile

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    Shampoo, body wash bottles are a bit heavier and don't tear quite as easily.
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  9. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I change all my bicycle tires without tools. I don't bother carrying levers anymore.

    On the bike, the guys that do it every day have a dynamic balancing machine and a goodly assortment of weights. Just can't beat that and I take the wheels for dynamic balancing anyway, they may as well change them too.
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  10. H96669

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    I camp so always carry a saw...:wink: Fence post and a rock could also work, should I try? Lots of rocks here....:rofl

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    Notoriously difficult to break bead...R100GS. Could have been worse that's an Avon. Easier than Metzlers....:roflPopped.:wink:

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    Bolted to the bench....easy peasy....!Them Motion Pro rim protectors don't fit the GS wheels. That's fine did no scratches....:clap

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    Pop....so easy I did it twice just to amuse myself on a rainy day.:rofl

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    But the bead sure was stuck, darn POs not cleaning the rims or using the right tire lubes.:eek1

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    Darn beads (Dyna....:lol3), now I have to clean the shop.:rofl

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    Tube type...get one of those, always a pita holding the valve stem in place or even fishing it through the rim. Sturdy that one will even let you install valves on tubeless rims, did one last week end.

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    I should go do a car tire,I popped the bead on two last weekend the same way to fix leaky beads but I'd like to relearn the fine arts of "patching". I was good at that in my youth, old tire jockey. :wink:Not practising that on a good bike tire.:wink:
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  11. rusty44

    rusty44 Been here awhile

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    PM me if you haven't changed them yet.
    Bring your wheels out and we'll change them.
    I'll give you a hand.....Al


    I use the cheap hand "Goop" and make sure you goop about 1" of the inside of the tire rim.
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  12. B_C_Ries

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    I've changed a few tires recently, removed Metzler Marathons and installed Spitfires on my R100/7, removed Pirelli Scorpions and installed TKC-80's on my F800GS, removed Anakee2's and installed TKC-80s on friends F800GS. Then I had to replace a punctured inner tube in the front of my F800GS.

    I've been using cut up sections of plastic milk cartons for rim protectors and they work great, best part is that I can make wide ones and skinny ones, all sorts of different shapes, I keep 6-7 around and randomly misplace them while changing tires and it doesn't matter because I have a lot of them, They are really thin and seem to self lubricate a bit.

    Having a friend to help makes changing tires a lot easier, especially when putting valve stems through the rim, this was always the worst part of changing tires for me. Having somebody to hold the tire open while I put the valve stem in place makes this easy.
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  13. 685

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  14. 685

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    I want one! Where's did you get that?
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  15. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  18. RaystheBMW

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    Does anyone else feel "safer" just putting a tube in a tubeless rim? I've been having issues with my Y-spoke front wheel needing air once a week or so due to a small bent spot on one side that was blowing tiny soap bubbles. I finally gave in and got a tube installed for some extra peace of mind. I'm not springing $700+ for a new rim!
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  19. 685

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    I do. Tubes are pretty inexpensive and give another layer of protection. Of course, I have Lesters. Not a good idea to run these w/o tubes.
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  20. B_C_Ries

    B_C_Ries Long timer

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    The tube only makes it safer if there is something wrong, but if I couldn't get a good seal I would put in a tube.
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