Tire change drama

Me either. I don't even know many tubes I've pinched. But the upside is that I only vaguely recall the last tube I ruined. Doesn't happen very often any more.

Last year I pinched a tube, really didn't know why. I've been changing tires the same way since the ol' days of Hi Point "Red Dot" tires....

anyway, I am a little pissed, so i get a second tube. Now, because I am pissed, I am not being patient..... and guess what...... :busted::banghead:

I was so mad, I bought and tried one of those foam Bib Mousse tubes......cripes, what a unbelievable PIA battle to get that thing mounted and set! Then I sold the bike.... never again i'll stick with pinching tubes LOL.

Yeah. THIS must have been fun:

When I bough my second '06, it still had the OEM 739 on the front, so naturally, I was out to get rid of that as fast as I could. When I pulled the tire off, what did I find but one of those ultra-heavy duty tubes that comes in a shoe box, and weighs as much as a tire.....in a 110x90/19 size. That had to be done on a tire machine, or by a very determined tech. I would loved to have seen that happen.

BTW, it turns out that both tubes were replaced with HD's at the same time. I found the 21" tube in the back wheel when I wore the 756 out. :banghead:

I have heard those diet coke third world tire irons inherantly pinch tubes very easy. :banghead:

You would have thunk the mechanic would have put the tire out in the hot DESERT sun to warm it up a bit.......

:busted:

Will warming the tire make it easier?

It is varying between 55 and 70 degrees here now..

Yes it will. Leave it in the sun for an hour or so.

Any problems using the tire machine on these spoked wheels?

Not if it was made for motorcycle wheels. Most of them are just tire mounting stands that hold the wheel and use special "irons" to simplify the process, anyway.

The transworld motocross videos are great. What a difference the right technique makes. :banghead:

Not if it was made for motorcycle wheels. Most of them are just tire mounting stands that hold the wheel and use special "irons" to simplify the process, anyway.

We use the Coats "rim clamp" machine at the shop. Very painless to change a tire...the machine does all the work....However........It will still pinch a tube. It will not scratch a rim unless your really trying to do it. When you have changed a million tires.really all you need is a GOOD set of irons...and a 35 gallon drum to throw the wheel on... I can change one almost as fast by hand as on the machine. My suggestion is to buy a few tubes and dig in. The learning curve isn't that steep. Come on, it will be fun!!!!!

We use the Coats "rim clamp" machine at the shop. Very painless to change a tire...the machine does all the work....However........It will still pinch a tube. It will not scratch a rim unless your really trying to do it. When you have changed a million tires.really all you need is a GOOD set of irons...and a 35 gallon drum to throw the wheel on... I can change one almost as fast by hand as on the machine. My suggestion is to buy a few tubes and dig in. The learning curve isn't that steep. Come on, it will be fun!!!!!

Thanks Todds for the encouragement.

I definitely think it is doable using the technique in the video.

In the end I did get my other tire on without a pinched tube. (different shop, and they did use a special bike tire machine) but I helped the guy do it so I got a good idea how that process works (with the machine). (15 bucks)..

Thanks all for the input.. Worked well..

Here is my new tire..

fronttire.jpg

Thanks Todds for the encouragement.

I definitely think it is doable using the technique in the video.

In the end I did get my other tire on without a pinched tube. (different shop, and they did use a special bike tire machine) but I helped the guy do it so I got a good idea how that process works (with the machine). (15 bucks)..

Thanks all for the input.. Worked well..

Here is my new tire..

fronttire.jpg

Now thats a sand tire!!!!!!!!

One of my ridding buddy was busy and he wanted his tire changed fast so he could ride after is day of work. The shop (Laforge of 7 iles) charged him 125$ to put the tire on and they said "your lucky we didnt pinch the tube else it would have costed more". I dont need to say they lost some customer.

Where i live everything im pretty far away so when you try to negociate a price they always say "if you dont like that price just go in another town to buy it".:banghead:

One of my ridding buddy was busy and he wanted his tire changed fast so he could ride after is day of work. The shop (Laforge of 7 iles) charged him 125$ to put the tire on and they said "your lucky we didnt pinch the tube else it would have costed more". I dont need to say they lost some customer.

Where i live everything im pretty far away so when you try to negociate a price they always say "if you dont like that price just go in another town to buy it".:banghead:

The internet is going to kill that town....

One of my ridding buddy was busy and he wanted his tire changed fast so he could ride after is day of work. The shop (Laforge of 7 iles) charged him 125$ to put the tire on and they said "your lucky we didnt pinch the tube else it would have costed more". I dont need to say they lost some customer.

Where i live everything im pretty far away so when you try to negociate a price they always say "if you dont like that price just go in another town to buy it".:busted:

Mail that tire to me and I'll mount it for 100$. I'll even pay the shipping back to you.:banghead::ride:

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