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post #1 of 9 Old 03-17-2009, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Changing

Threw together some photos that might help first time tire changers do it themselves. I only took photos because I'm Kbps defective. LOL I was removing a stock tire and replacing it with a Chin-shin. Big ride Saturday so I'll also report how I liked or didn't like it.

First break the bead from the rim. To do this you can use a spoon with the edge pushing into the tire and pulling up forcing the tire edge off the locking area.


Then start to pull the first side over the rim.
Once the first side is off remove the tube.

With the tube out you can easily get the rest of the tire off.

Putting the new tire on is the exact opposite. Without the tube start the first side of the new tire on.

Once the first side is on slightly inflate the tube and put the stem into the rim. Use the nut to retain it in the hole but do not tighten.

Work the second side over the rim being carefull not to puncture, tear or rip the tube. Inflate the tube to seat the tire on the rim. Usually this results in a loud "pop" as each side seats on the rim.
reduce the preasure in the tube to proper levels and reinstall the tire on the bike.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-22-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Chin Shin review from today, 342 miles 20% offroad, 80% on. Front Chin Shin did great for the price and handled even slick mudy stuff well. It rode rougher than the stock onroad but handled well and cornered as well as the stock tire. Overall for a $30 tire it is what I will use from now on for anything that will be 50/50 riding. See photos above for what the tread pattern looks like.

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What tread percentage were your originals? Ive got some 75 street/25dirts and so far havnt had any real problems but havnt had time to tackle any mud. Got a flat right now and am wondering if car tire irons are the same as bikes.? I'm off to Canadian tire tomorrow but i may end up checking the local parts store. I'm going to replace the inner tube instead of patching it.
Thanks for the pics, the visual refreshment is always nice.

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The first six pictures show the biggest part of my problem. Cupping. That tire probably had 4-5000 miles on it and was getting uneven wear on the knobs too. Well worth the $30 and 30 min to change it out and have a fresh skin up there.

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Yup, always a pleasure to have fresh rubbers. }

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Yup, always a pleasure to have fresh rubbers. }
Tires too!



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oh right.... LOL What were we talking about?
Ok, i have to get a fresh inner tube, got a ride in the mountains this Sunday. DSBC holds one every year, im gunna check ito ut and meet some riders. Cheers Buildit.

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Have fun. Just a thought, if you get your old tube out without a puncture pack it with you as a spare just in case. Better to have an old spare tube than no spare tube.

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