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post #1 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Field tire repair tools

Exactly what tools are needed to carry on the bike to do a front and rear tire change/tube patch?

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post #2 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 04:29 PM
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Hi Garry!
I am assuming you have the wrenches to remove the wheels from the bike.

You will also need tire levers or spoons as some call them. I have seen levers that are a spoon on one end with a wrench sized to the axel nut on the other, handy and practical. Check AVisciousCycle website.My levers which I have owned for 35 years, are flat on one end and hooked on the other and are about 14'' long. If you get them from Princess Auto they need to have the roughness ground off the back so as to not damage the rim.

The patching gear is best purchased from an auto supply, NOT bicycle tube patches. Princess Auto or Canadian Tire are a couple of places. You will need some coarse sandpaper to rough up the tube where the patch is going.

Canadian Tire is where I buy my small 12v compressors for about $15. I have them in my bikes, Quad and Truck. Though I have several, I have never had one fail. They are blue and about 6'' long, 4''high and 2'' wide with a built in gauge. Sometimes they come on sale for $9.99.

I use baby powder for the inside of the tire to prevent the tube from sticking and reduce friction between the tire and tube. It's easy to get and makes my tires smell "nappie fresh".
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post #3 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 04:35 PM
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NOTE TRANSMISSION TIMES between this post and justjeff's above; we apparently were typing simultaneously!

I do not attempt to contradict justjeff's post at all; here's the tool list I can think of:

* Pliers (to remove axle Cotter pins)

* Wrenches/sockets (to remove axle nuts)

* Lift (or field jack or log or rock or whatever, to hold wheel off ground; or . . . lay her over!)

* Valve core tool (to remove valve core to deflate tube)

* 12 mm wrench or socket (to remove valve stem nut)

* Kickstand (or huge C-clamp, or boot heel, or automobile tire to break tire bead on rim)

* Tire irons/spoons (Two minimum; three more ideal, to pry/cam tire on and off rim)

* Bead Buddy (Motion Pro device, comes in field and shop models, keeps bead on rim when spooning; handy, but not essential)

* Lubricant (e.g., vial of dishwashing soap, to lubricate rim for seating)

* Talc (baby powder in a baggie to lubricate tube)

*Valve stem "snake" (not many have this; threads into valve stem to "spear" it into rim; not essential, but handy for the task)

* Spare tube (at least, for front tire; can be jammed into rear in emergency)

* Tube patch kit (patches and adhesive to repair tube, if you want to, or if you puncture your new tube upon installation)

* Inflation means (electric compressor and connections, CO2 tire inflation kit, hand (or foot) pump)

* Rim protectors (Optional, sheets of plastic cut from bottle (e.g., bleach, detergent) sides to prevent scratching rims with tire tools)

You can get by with less; improvise substitutes; but . . . with this collection, I think you'll have adequate tools to fix a flat or to change a tire.

More important: Your own knowledge and skill in HOW to perform the task, IMHO.

Seating the bead can be a challenge; a function achieved by over-inflating the tire after its mounted, 'til the bead pops correctly into its position on the rim; you can't use too much lubricant here, and may have to lube/inflate/deflate/repeat to make it happen. Windex is a convenient bead lube at home, but . . . problematical to carry in the field; dishwashing soap more practical on the trail, IMHO.

MANY techniques may exist for tire-changing; you may develop your own. Here's a video of Dunlop's technique (forget about RIM LOCKS, you ain't got 'em); he spears the rim with the valve stem easily, didn't notice the guy baby-powdering the tube:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/708/Mo...ing-Guide.aspx

Oh, yes; "Hope this helps!"

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post #4 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 05:24 PM
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All good recommendations. I don't use a liquid lubricant on the road, just the baby powder. I use sticks, rocks etc. rather than a jack, but thinking strongly about adding one. The best recommendation is to practice at home before you have to learn on the road. Next time, for new tires, do it yourself. It is easy to pinch tubes so easy on the tire irons. The drop center of the rims is your friend. Watch some of the Youtube vids.

Carry spare tube(s). Patches have a way of ot holding.



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post #5 of 27 Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 PM
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The above posts have everything covered, but here are a few more ideas to throw in the pot.


I have a cheap 10” adjustable wrench in the tool kit to use as a backup wrench, axle wrench, straighten skidplates,etc. To do away with one of my tire tools I welded up the end of the wrench and re-shaped it to use as a tire spoon.




I also carry a 6” adjustable wrench that among other things can be used as a bead holder in a pinch. No need to clamp tightly on the rim, just adjust until it touches. The pressure of the tire keeps the wrench in place and keeps the bead from walking.



I carry windex in a small bottle in my tank bag. It’s handy to clean face shields, mirrors, headlights, etc. and also works well as a tire lubricant when mounting a tire. I DREAD changing a tire on the trail but I like to be prepared to if needed.
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Ooooooo! I really like that adjustable wrench bead holder idea!
You would think that with the hundreds of tires I have changed by hand I would have thought of that.
Regards....justjeff

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Ooooooo! I really like that adjustable wrench bead holder idea!
You would think that with the hundreds of tires I have changed by hand I would have thought of that.
Regards....justjeff
As the guys in the Guinness ads say, "Brilliant! BRILLIANT!"

Why not MARKET that spoon-ended adjustable wrench? Eliminates axle wrenches and a tire iron from the on-board tool kit. Also, eliminates the Bead Buddy, come to think of it!
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Excellent idea, MacG! Wait a minute. MacG? Is that simply a clever ploy to hide your true identity, MaGyver!



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post #9 of 27 Old 04-29-2013, 05:35 AM
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Ooooooo! I really like that adjustable wrench bead holder idea!
You would think that with the hundreds of tires I have changed by hand I would have thought of that.
Regards....justjeff
It was one of those "I wonder if.." that worked. A lot of times "I wonder if..." ends up in "nope"
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Why not MARKET that spoon-ended adjustable wrench? Eliminates axle wrenches and a tire iron from the on-board tool kit. Also, eliminates the Bead Buddy, come to think of it!
Marketing would involve a LOT of money and headaches. I don't have the first one,and don't want the second.
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Excellent idea, MacG! Wait a minute. MacG? Is that simply a clever ploy to hide your true identity, MaGyver!
Well,ya caught me. In the past I tried to use my Swiss Army knife but kept pinching tubes.
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FWIW - I've seen several places on forums where people recommend baby powder for the tubes. Back in the day - long, long time ago - when I was riding 50's and 60's era British bikes, I was always told that baby powder has oils and perfumes that are harmful to the rubber - use corn starch instead....................Lar.
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