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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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poor boy tire mounting

Is there a way do mount a tire without taking it to a shop or buying a machine? The only thing that comes to mind is getting a fat friend to push it on im just trying to think of ways to save some money.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 06:52 PM
 
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There are ways, but it's a real P.I.T.A.!!!! Trying to pry the tire on doesn't work to well, you will scratch your rim. Standing on the edge of the tire doesn't work to well either. I guess the most logical way is to let a technician do it, or buy the machine. Even at that, you normally need to get the wheel balanced anyway.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 07:24 PM
 
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As SV said, you'll still have to spend the money to get the wheel balanced. You'd be better off saving your money by taking the wheel off the bike and taking it in. If you do that, mounting is usually about $30 or so.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 09:23 PM
 
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I found this site awile back going to try it this year.
http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html
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You will find unless you are a racer and doing many many changes... it just better to take it in!




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You will find unless you are a racer and doing many many changes... it just better to take it in!
that's alotta work!
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holy old thread! But i found this vid that applies. Its humorous too- TIRE CHANGING FOR POOR FOLK
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holy old thread! But i found this vid that applies. Its humorous too- TIRE CHANGING FOR POOR FOLK
That music is something else... It looked too easy to me... Harbor Freight has a tire changer for $50...
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That's actually a good vid. I prefer to use three 10 inch spoons. It makes it easier for the wide back rims of today's bikes. The vid did forget to mention that both sides of the tire usually need to be broken down.

I also us a Handy balancer. They are fairly inexpensive and worth it if you change your own tires.

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That's actually a good vid. I prefer to use three 10 inch spoons. It makes it easier for the wide back rims of today's bikes. The vid did forget to mention that both sides of the tire usually need to be broken down.

I also us a Handy balancer. They are fairly inexpensive and worth it if you change your own tires.
broken down?
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broken down?
Help with what? You don't understand my terms or you need help breaking the beed?

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Help with what? You don't understand my terms or you need help breaking the beed?
sounded like "broken down" was different than "breaking the bead." Im clear now.
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holy old thread! But i found this vid that applies. Its humorous too- TIRE CHANGING FOR POOR FOLK
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I found this site awile back going to try it this year.
http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html
That is one of many good webpages on the subject. There was also one that had pictures of setting up a winch system using spare lumber and your garage wall. After all the reading, I opted to get a set of equipment, including balancer. This winter when I do the front wheel I'll put together a webpage on what was done and the complexity.

I'd disagree on just taking it in but mostly because I don't trust the low-cost mechanics not to scratch/bend my rim (its happened to my car) and I'll do my car tires as well. With four vehicles in the house, it'll pay for itself after only two complete motorcycle tire rotations.

Is it hard? Well, everything's hard the first time isn't it?. My FIL can do a car tire change in his garage in under 15 minutes with just a bead breaker and one spoon. If you're mechanically inclined, this is a no-brainer. If you don't like doing mechanical stuff, then don't bother, you won't like doing it.
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