Tire Irons

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Claybond, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Claybond

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    I'm going to purchase some new tire irons. My concern is will these remove the coating on GSA wheel when try to remove a tire from the rim?
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  2. atwoodtja

    atwoodtja Been here awhile

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  3. rotarywing

    rotarywing Been here awhile

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    Aerostich titanium tirearn for me.
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  4. Smoke Eater 3

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  5. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Because the GS/GSA spoked rims are too wide to use something like the Motion Pro rim protectors, I just used thick plastic strips under the tire irons on my GSA's black rims and they protected it well. I used my dog's old Frisbee cut into pie-shaped pieces, but some folks use old oil bottles or milk jugs cut up.
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  6. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore The Real Deal

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    Cut up milk jug, detergent bottle, etc. Or just say to yourself, "It's a GS, who gives a shit if the rims are a little scratched up?" That's been my technique recently.
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  7. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    +1 on the cut up detergent bottles.
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  8. * SHAG *

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    Yep! I've changed all the tires on mine and have the scratches to prove it :lol3. I use cut up oil bottles and leave the hole to help pull them out.
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Short piece of garden hose with a slit cut in it.
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  10. RG1984

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    I know this is an old thread now, but does anyone have a picture of how they cut the detergent bottle?
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  11. Jerry D

    Jerry D Huh? what?

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    I have been using stubbys for a few years and they work great. In the time i have had them I've men and friends have changed 5 sets of tires. Twice on my bike and 3 times on theirs. All street bikes. No scratches, easy to use and surprisingly sturdy. The other nice thing is because they are fairly thick they don't bite your hand when using them. Although light weight they are bulky and would take up a fair amount of space in bags.

    http://stubbytiretools.com/
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  12. ctfz1

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    invent heavy duty glow strips?

    I would think detergent bottle cut would include as much curl over as possible and width to protect rim?
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  13. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka just a guy on a bike ..

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    here's mine, complete with battle-rash rim marks. Some are from tyre irons and some are from riding on the trail. It's a kind of 'so what' thing.
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  14. SATEX

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    Are your tires directional? It appears that your front tire is mounted backwards. In fact, it looks like you have matching tires EXCEPT for that.
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  15. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka just a guy on a bike ..

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  17. sieg

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

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    Front tires are for braking only (and steering) rear mainly for propelling you forward, so yeah they look like one is mounted backwards but they are correct. Common misconception.
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  18. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Sorry for brief hijack, but model bike is this? From your "tyre" spelling I assume you're in the UK or Australia, and this is yet another interesting model not offered in the US. I googled Yamaha Contour (noted sticker on the tank), but got nothing.
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  19. jsinclair

    jsinclair Been here awhile

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    Yamaha 660 tenere, never imported into the U.S.A.
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  20. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Ah, thanks. Great looking bike.
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