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post #1 of 15 Old 06-29-2017, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Why would anyone want to change their own tires? Isnít it hard work that usually involves at least one bleeding knuckle? Donít the tools cost a small fortune when you consider that shops only charge about 25 bucks for the service? Well, some riders donít live within a few miles of a bike shop. And some folks, well, theyíve always got to do things themselves.

The good news is that, overworked sweat glands aside, changing tires is relatively easy Ė once you have the right tools. All you really need is a bead breaker, a set of tire irons, some dish soap, and a tire balancing stand.

Begin with your bike on front and rear stands. Once youíve removed a wheel, unscrew the valve core with a valve stem tool. After the tire has finished its lengthy sigh, place your wheel on an old tire or other work surface. Whatever support you use, you want to make sure the wheel is not resting on a brake disc while youíre working on the bead. Discs bend all too easily and are quite expensive.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-29-2017, 07:16 PM
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Why do all these tire videos, show tires with much more flexibility than any tire I've ever mounted?

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-29-2017, 08:04 PM
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That is because you live even farther North than I do. And we usually work on our bikes when its too dreary, damp, cold, windy, etc to Go Ride! If we waste a 80+ degree day just to mount a tire, we feel cheated! lol.

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Why do all these tire videos, show tires with much more flexibility than any tire I've ever mounted?
I am convinced it is because they want to make it look easy and they don't want to be seen struggling with a Kenda-270 50/50 knobby.

Those Kenda-270 tires don't get much easier at 95 deg. F either. I am ashamed to say that a couple of days ago I had the wheel off the bike and my tire tools out and was ready remove the old and replace it with a new Kenda-270. After thinking about it a few minutes in the heat, I threw them in the truck and took them to Cycle Gear to be changed.

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I got my spoons for when I need them, but for routine changes I pull the wheel and take it to my local shop who mounts a tire I bought at Revzilla or Rocky Mountain ATV while I stand there for $20.
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I got my spoons for when I need them, but for routine changes I pull the wheel and take it to my local shop who mounts a tire I bought at Revzilla or Rocky Mountain ATV while I stand there for $20.
I did the same thing last week. I had my tools out and was ready to start the work, but it was really hot out. So, I put my tools away and took it to a local shop. That cost me $42.50. $30.00 for the change and $12.50 for a new tube because they will not change a tire without installing a new tube.

I just returned from Harbor Freight with a new motorcycle tire changer. After two of those $42.50 tire changes it will have payed for itself.
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50 bucks here at cycle gear if you bring your tire and wheel in. $20 if you buy the tire from them.
Such a rip. With their equipment it's a 10 minute job including spin balance.

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................. So, I put my tools away and took it to a local shop. That cost me $42.50. $30.00 for the change and $12.50 for a new tube because they will not change a tire without installing a new tube....................
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50 bucks here at cycle gear if you bring your tire and wheel in. $20 if you buy the tire from them.
Such a rip. With their equipment it's a 10 minute job including spin balance.
The shop I went to in Houston for a $30.00 change plus a tube was a Cycle Gear.
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I have watched a u-tube video where you use several big wire ties to get the tire on/ off -once bead is broke. It does work. While I have done many tire changes with tire irons and while using rim protectors, still nervous about scratching the rim. Using the wire ties= no scratches. You can buy long HD wire ties from HF cheap. Agree however if you can buy the tire you want and have it mounted/balanced for a reasonable amount from a shop with a changer ( and the guy knows how to use it) then all is good.
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50 bucks here at cycle gear if you bring your tire and wheel in. $20 if you buy the tire from them.
Such a rip. With their equipment it's a 10 minute job including spin balance.
One needs to consider the cost of Both pieces of that equipment. It is not free.

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