I saved $32

Yeah I carry a full set of knobbies on my back wherever I go, and I strongly advise everyone who takes their tires to a dealership to follow suit. You get the point.

If you ride long distances you need to carry tire irons, a pump, and a 21 tube. This obviously doesn't do you any good if you take your tires to a dealership. Obviously you know this, but some of these guys are setting themselves up to be a burden on the trail.

PS, I dig your signature!! :thumbsup:

Call me a wimp but i'll pay the $15 per and let the shop do it :thumbsup:

One trick I know is make sure that the tire is down inside the rim and not up on the bead when you're trying to slip over the last little section of the tire.

I agree, that one little piece of advice is what it's all about.. Making sure that the bead is in the middle of the rim gives you more material to work with.. :thumbsup:

wimp :thumbsup:

Hey Mike,

Get some nice 16" long Motion Pro tire changing irons!

Makes putting on a Teraflex real easy. It also helps if you have a stand. :thumbsup:

Ok, stupid question. You guys can flame if you want.

What happens if you're out on a trail, far from your rig, and you ride all the way back with a flat? I mean, realistically, if you rode slow, what happens? I know that you couldn't do this on a street bike, or a car for any length of time, but :thumbsup::ride::cry: just wondering.

Now, I remember this happening when I was a kid. Once on my xr75, and once on my Brothers XL250. Each time we rode back to the truck and I don't remember if that was much of a problem. But consider that it all fire rodes for me back then too.

Something to think about...

...rushfan

That really depends on the terrain. If it is rocky you can toast your rim even at slow speeds. In most situations you can limp it back, but if there is much distance involved you will probably destroy your tire at the very least. I had this happen in the desert at the end of the day (almost dark) and ended up with about 1.5 cups of rubber shavings and had to replace a tire with 75% tread.

After driving for 1-3 hours to get to a riding area, you don't want to be turning back after getting a flat in the first hour. This is especially true when you are with a group.

Me and my dad did the exact same thing. We did the front OK, but we pinched the rear. That was last night, what a coincidence

The shop I buy from gives my 20% off a new tire purchase and installs the tire on the rim for free. I just have to bring in the rim.

my shop will price match from rocky mountain catalog, or whatever catalog i bring them...and they also install for free when you buy from them.

see if you can find a shop in your area that will do the same for you...its not an uncommon practice.

but if you REALLY want to DIY, a spray bottle of soapy water, and pre-warming the tire helps a LOT.

Ok, stupid question. You guys can flame if you want.

What happens if you're out on a trail, far from your rig, and you ride all the way back with a flat? I mean, realistically, if you rode slow, what happens? I know that you couldn't do this on a street bike, or a car for any length of time, but :thumbsup::ride::cry: just wondering.

Now, I remember this happening when I was a kid. Once on my xr75, and once on my Brothers XL250. Each time we rode back to the truck and I don't remember if that was much of a problem. But consider that it all fire rodes for me back then too.

Something to think about...

...rushfan

if you have a nice hard terrain rear tire, then you can limp back to the trucks on a flat, even in the worst of rocky terrain, and not do any major damage to your rims (ask how i know). a softer track tire would not protect the rim as well.

a front tire flat is much more difficult to ride on without dinging up the rim.

Here in the land "up over", they all charge! Damn...I need to move to Australia...

I taught myself to change tires because I hate depending on the local shop. Too many wasted sundays because they were not open.

It gets easier with practice.

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