Gee, I remember going through all of that but with practice it really does a lot easier. I use two 8" spoons and have a third similar size non spoon. The front tyre is the easiest as breaking the bead usually happens by standing on it. The rear is a bit more trickier as I believe it has some sort of safety lip on it so one needs to leaver over that lip before the bead breaks. Using the two spoons and pushing down, the third non spoon (has a pointed end) grabs at the tyre to leaver over the ridge. Do this a few times and the bead breaks with very little effort. The more times you take tyre on and off, the easier it gets as you learn a little something different each time. There are some good links out there for tyre changing and by the way, have never used baby powder or wd40 etc. I believe if technique is right, no need to use it.