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post #1 of 20 Old 06-21-2013, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Mount and Balance near Portland, OR

I will be needing to put new tires on my bike in the next couple of weeks. I think I'll give the Pilot Road 2's a try based on all the recommendations on WT.

Does anyone who lives in the Portland area know of any good place to get tires mounted and balanced for a reasonable price?

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Heck, it ain't hard.

Somebody posted this video here on WT and I shared it.

Tire Mounting 101 - Rounders Bulletin Board

I have personally ridden 100k on Dynabeads - trust me they work.

Dyna Beads for Motorcycle Riders and Dealers

There, you no longer need a dealer.
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+1 on the DynaBeads, why doesn't everybody use these little miracles?


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I just mounted my front tire in less than 60 seconds. I'm really getting good at this, lol.

Oh, and right before you inflate the tire, jam one of those tire slips in the bead and dump the oz or two of Dynabeads in. MUCH easier than trying to put them down the valve stem!

When you change tires, just use a plastic Dixie cup with the top rim cut off (so you get a sharper edge) and scoop them out of the tire before you pull the second bead off. I can usually get 95% of them out to re-use.

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I just mounted my front tire in less than 60 seconds. I'm really getting good at this, lol.

Oh, and right before you inflate the tire, jam one of those tire slips in the bead and dump the oz or two of Dynabeads in. MUCH easier than trying to put them down the valve stem!

When you change tires, just use a plastic Dixie cup with the top rim cut off (so you get a sharper edge) and scoop them out of the tire before you pull the second bead off. I can usually get 95% of them out to re-use.
+1

If you are switching from weights to beads on an existing tire you can shoot the little guys in with a turkey baster in a few seconds. Just hold the wheel with the valve stem slightly higher than the bulb and squeeze away.


+1 on reusing the beads.

One note, when you open a fresh package of beads they'll be charged with so much static they will try to fly back to the mother ship. Use a magnet to kill the static and weigh them out in a metal bowl. They'll be much more cooperative.


Oh one more thing. Be sure to wipe your greasy fingerprints off the baster before you put it back in the kitchen drawer.
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DIU tire changing

Great video. I've changed dozens of bicycle tires with no problem but always avoided trying the motorcycle tires. After seeing this, I'm going for it. Thanks for posting the vid.

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Alright, finally had a chance to watch the videos and you have me convinced to do my own

Do you guys buy the Dynabeads directly from the company or have you found them cheaper elsewhere? Also is one oz in the front and two in the back sufficient? Do you buy in bulk to have more on hand?

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Bought direct, one and two sounds about right, I used the recommended amount.

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Alright, finally had a chance to watch the videos and you have me convinced to do my own

Do you guys buy the Dynabeads directly from the company or have you found them cheaper elsewhere? Also is one oz in the front and two in the back sufficient? Do you buy in bulk to have more on hand?

What are Dynabeads? Don't discard good old "mark and pray" yet if getting these beads is out of your way. That's how GP guys (Moto2 here) still do it.



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FWIW, I don't think it hurts if you use too much, they will just spread out as needed.

I think I put 2 oz in the front and 3 oz in the rear, usually.

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... I don't think it hurts if you use too much, they will just spread out as needed...
That's exactly what she said

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I bought a new tire machine and a Snap On Bike specific balancer last year. I have gotten to the point where I need ZERO weight to balance my tires. After the new tire is aired up and seated, I spin it on the balancer and find the light spot of the tire and wheel assembly.
The tire gets marked and and I remove it from the balancer. Take it back over to the tire machine, break the bead again and spin the tire 180 degrees on the rim. 99.9% of the time...Its all zeros. If the guys at the bike shops would take a whole 5 minutes of time extra a tire, they'd never have to use another weight again. Just did the ZX10's front and rear with new Q3's. Zero's front and rear with no lead..
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I bought a new tire machine and a Snap On Bike specific balancer last year. I have gotten to the point where I need ZERO weight to balance my tires. After the new tire is aired up and seated, I spin it on the balancer and find the light spot of the tire and wheel assembly.
The tire gets marked and and I remove it from the balancer. Take it back over to the tire machine, break the bead again and spin the tire 180 degrees on the rim. 99.9% of the time...Its all zeros. If the guys at the bike shops would take a whole 5 minutes of time extra a tire, they'd never have to use another weight again. Just did the ZX10's front and rear with new Q3's. Zero's front and rear with no lead..
interesting concept but I cant logically explain it to myself.

When I test my rims, valve stem side is usually the heavy side. I put a bar code of the tire (or dot on some to indicate the light side) next to the valve stem and it still needs some weights, usually. Especially front, as I balance it with rotors in place.

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interesting concept but I cant logically explain it to myself.
Well one other step in the process I forgot to add. The dot on the Dunlop is supposed to be the light spot but its always off the mark a touch. I put the dot 180 degrees opposite the stem the first seat of the tire. When I check balance the first time to find the light spot, the dot is generally a few degrees forward or aft of the light spot. After breaking the bead and rotating the tire 180 degrees, the dot ends up a few degrees off the valve stem with a zero'ed
balance value after the second check. With that being said and with all the tires that I've zeroed doing it this way, even if you don't use the magical Dyna beads or have your wheels balanced after the new tires are mounted, your balance is going to be pretty close with the dot on the tire aligned with the valve stem......At least if you're using Dunlops.

That'll work........
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FWIW, I don't think it hurts if you use too much, they will just spread out as needed.

I think I put 2 oz in the front and 3 oz in the rear, usually.
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That's exactly what she said
Dangit! I even thought I made it MM foolproof.

Just look at what you could have done with the 2nd line if I hadn't of put the 'oz's in!!! I even edited the post cuz I knew you were lurkin...

"I think I put 2 in the front and 3 in the rear, usually."

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Just look at what you could have done with the 2nd line if I hadn't of put the 'oz's in!!!
It looked like you may have had your TWSS lawyers edit that line.

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It looked like you may have had your TWSS lawyers edit that line.
You've got me paranoid, that's for sure

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It looked like you may have had your TWSS lawyers edit that line.
Oh how even a tire balance thread can go a stray!


That'll work........
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