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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2006, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tire changing equipment

There are many web pages on changing your own tires and after having done car tires with my father-in-law, I decided it was simple enough to tackle bike tires too.

After reading around and trying to find all the equipment, I ended up buying from a guy named Jeff (website).

When I finally got around to changing the rear, the whole process went quite smoothly. He also carries a lubricant called TireQuik which made the removal and new installation very easy. The trickiest part is keeping the tire irons on the rim savers that he's included. A string on the rim savers helps for when you drop them into the tire accidentally

The balancer worked very well and the weights are pretty standard issue types of things. The fit and finish of everything is good quality and well coated. No sharp edges and relatively easy to operate. The lever arm on the bead breaker is a little stiff from being new but I'm confident that'll be a non-issue after I've changed a few tires.

While the website's instructions are a bit lacking, that didn't really matter since there is so much information on how to change tires available. On top of that, Jeff's very responsive to email questions.

Overall I like the set and for the price its hard to beat the complete setup. I promised I would try and change a car tire when the time came and indicate the strength of the bead breaker. Having seen its build I don't have much doubt about my success.

It took me about 4 hours to change my rear, from bike on stand to off stand. This includes having installed the tire in the wrong rotational direction once and balancing.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2006, 07:39 AM
 
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I've wondered about trying that myself...sounds like an ordeal though. Did you take pics as you went? If so you should post them up here along with a little how-to kinda thing so that anyone on here can see how you did it if they want to do it themselves.
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What did it cost you?



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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2006, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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What did it cost you?
I got the Standard Set, so $185.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2006, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've wondered about trying that myself...sounds like an ordeal though. Did you take pics as you went? If so you should post them up here along with a little how-to kinda thing so that anyone on here can see how you did it if they want to do it themselves.
I didn't photograph anything because I was pressed for time. But I still have to do the front wheel so perhaps I'll take pics and put up a few webpages.

Its actually not that difficult, in the grand scheme. For reference, I consider doing a valve clearance job on a bike to be of moderate difficulty. Oil changes are easy. This was between them.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 05:59 AM
 
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I'd like to see some pics. That seems cheap too. Something worth looking into.



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