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post #1 of 3 Old 02-14-2014, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Tube tire tip

I've read of people having trouble getting the valve stem through the hole when changing tires. Thought I would show my technique.

What I do is put the tube inside the tire and set the tire upright with the valve stem at the bottom. I set the rim down on the tire so that the valve stem pokes through and then thread the nut on a couple of turns. Usually I have to pull the tube up out of the tire a bit to get enough of the valve stem through the rim. Push down on the rim and get the tire started and then you can mount as usual.

edit: Partially inflate the tube prior to inserting in tire. You want to inflate it to the point that it just holds the shape but is still soft.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-15-2014, 04:49 AM
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Makes perfect sense, Spec. I've been using one of those "fishing tools" but your method seems about as simple and effective as you can get. I'll give it a go next tire change.

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That is a great tip! I usually do the opposite and have the valve stem and hole facing up and have to fart around to get it to go through the hole. I'll try this method next time around as well.

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