how hard is it to change tires?

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  • KeithBoyd

Posted May 17, 2005 - 10:47 AM


Hey Sagester00

If you`re like me and don`t have extra rims for road and trail use then changing tyres becomes very very easy :) ......all with two 8inch tyre levers(in bumbag{fanny} in Europe means a girls `private parts`) and (optional)liquid detergent...I can do it in my sleep in no time.....I wish I`d never learnt!!! :) especially when it comes to heavy duty tubes and a brand new Dunlop !!!

Don`t be the same as me.....get help now before its too late....there`s always someone out there to don`t have to go through this all by yourself...

PS Why are my knuckles bigger than everyone elses?
PS Wrestled my road tyre on the other day complete with heavy duty tube...only to find I`d put it on the wrong `direction of travel` so had to do it all over out for that one...oh such unbounded :D

  • miguelitro

Posted May 17, 2005 - 10:56 AM


Practice and it becomes real easy. Plus once you get the hang of it and start carrying irons and a tube on the trail its seems like you never get another flat!!!(except baja...)

When removing tire from rim pull off tire so that the rim is in the middle and turn it and pull it out, i saw Malcolm S do this and when i tried it it really worked!!!
Armor all also works for lubing you r bead

See i said Lubing bu tnever mentioned tool....

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  • XR-Det

Posted May 17, 2005 - 06:27 PM


Now what is it with this tooool thing?? I must have missed that thread :)

Lube and tool and you don't get the tire off with it?? Am I heading in the right direction???

  • JohnnyAirtime

Posted May 17, 2005 - 07:33 PM


Now what is it with this tooool thing?? I must have missed that thread :)

Lube and tool and you don't get the tire off with it?? Am I heading in the right direction???

It was me... making fun of the word or saying "tool". Like as in Beavis and Butthead. More or less a 'gay' joke about saying 'tool'. It's my dorkyness showing full tilt.... :D :D ...and a lame joke. :)

  • Kev_XR

Posted May 17, 2005 - 07:49 PM


This subject has been discussed many times in the General Topic forum.

The first few times will take a long time and you'll hate life.
After a few tires and having someone show you how to do it, it's easier.

Heavy Duty Tubes and heavy duty tires are a real bear.
Try a HD tube with a Kenda 760 Trackmaster II.

The top guys can change a tire in 5 minutes, so when it takes you an hour, it's technique.

Tips for beginners.
o 3 good tire irons. don't even think of using a screw driver.
o Warm tires mount easier. Leave it out on a warm driveway, or on a towel in a car.
o Some lube really helps beads go on rims easer!!! Use some soapy water.
o There is an indent in the center of the rim. The bead drops into that center well, giving slack to pry off the bead on the other side. Otherwise, you're fighting a steel reinforced rubber band. You will loose.
o Dirt makes the process a mess. After the old tire is off, I wash the wheel.

See the other tips in the General section.

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