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post #1 of 13 Old 06-29-2017, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Why would anyone want to change their own tires? Isnít it hard work that usually involves at least one bleeding knuckle? Donít the tools cost a small fortune when you consider that shops only charge about 25 bucks for the service? Well, some riders donít live within a few miles of a bike shop. And some folks, well, theyíve always got to do things themselves.

The good news is that, overworked sweat glands aside, changing tires is relatively easy Ė once you have the right tools. All you really need is a bead breaker, a set of tire irons, some dish soap, and a tire balancing stand.

Begin with your bike on front and rear stands. Once youíve removed a wheel, unscrew the valve core with a valve stem tool. After the tire has finished its lengthy sigh, place your wheel on an old tire or other work surface. Whatever support you use, you want to make sure the wheel is not resting on a brake disc while youíre working on the bead. Discs bend all too easily and are quite expensive.
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Take a carpenter 's knife. Split the tire down the center. Break the bead. Just pull the 2 halves off. You don't have to have a valve core tool, or possibly loose the valve core. You don't have to take a chance marring the rim by prying on it. Quick and easy.
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Take a carpenter 's knife. Split the tire down the center. Break the bead. Just pull the 2 halves off. You don't have to have a valve core tool, or possibly loose the valve core. You don't have to take a chance marring the rim by prying on it. Quick and easy.
That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing mate!

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Take a carpenter 's knife. Split the tire down the center. Break the bead. Just pull the 2 halves off. You don't have to have a valve core tool, or possibly loose the valve core. You don't have to take a chance marring the rim by prying on it. Quick and easy.
So instead of using a $4 valve core remover your strategy is to stab a tire filled with compressed air with a sharp object? That doesn't sound like a great idea. Also, I've always had a harder time getting the new tire on as opposed to removing the old one.

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Then get out your $4 valve core tool and pry around on your wheel. And be sure to wear gloves, like the pussy in the video.

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My method of breaking the bead is free and easy. I just use a hydraulic bead breaker on a tire machine
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Then get out your $4 valve core tool and pry around on your wheel. And be sure to wear gloves, like the pussy in the video.
No prying is necessary with a bead breaker... and you can make one out of a 2x4 and a hinge if money is tight...

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My method of breaking the bead is free and easy. I just use a hydraulic bead breaker on a tire machine

Me too especially since I graduated to the school of having one in my own damn garage!


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Me too especially since I graduated to the school of having one in my own damn garage!

Yeah, unfortunately the motor on mine died so I gotta turn it by hand....


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Also, I've always had a harder time getting the new tire on as opposed to removing the old one.
The last 60 degrees of getting the top bead over the rim requires a couple of tire irons in my hands.



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I don't change enough tires to justify the fancy hydroelectric model.

Rubber off and rubber on, is pretty easy. I hate taking the wheels off the bike. And l really hate having to put the wheel back on!

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I don't change enough tires to justify the fancy hydroelectric model.

Rubber off and rubber on, is pretty easy. I hate taking the wheels off the bike. And l really hate having to put the wheel back on!

Sheeeit I do... I'm lucky to get 400 miles out of a rear tire and that is if I am just having a good time without any real sense of urgency out there.

I don't mind the wheel installs it's the damn safety wiring that gets me in a twist...

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Sheeeit I do... I'm lucky to get 400 miles out of a rear tire and that is if I am just having a good time without any real sense of urgency out there.

I don't mind the wheel installs it's the damn safety wiring that gets me in a twist...

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