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redster73

Sweet Jesus there must be an easier way...

to change a tyre!

My hands are raw, cut up and I'm down 2 inners and a tyre lever and still I've yet to successfully put on a new gator skin! Am I doing something wrong? I believe i follow all previous tyre-changing philosophies - bit of air, opoosite to valve etc etc...and yet? Anyone out there have a simple trick they'd care to share?

Oh and I've not had this sort of problem before...
last km

I had a similar problem with some Continental tyres. In the end I admitted defeat and went my local bike shop for them to fit them.
Quite what I will do if they ever puncture in the middle of nowhere is another story......
thunderthighs

guys 4 u to install a tubular tire on the rim, pre-stretch ..  clincher must be in the lower drops of the rim, the side that is not being installed.. the floppy end once installed shift it to the centre.. ciao
paperman

Red,
My gatorskins were a total NIGHTMARE to get on the bike...........NEVER had such trouble.

I kept at it and won in the end.......I guess its the tyre mate!!!!!
redster73

I too swallowed my pride and went down my LBS who sorted it out in minutes...bastards!
Jackov

Did you try cursing?
MerlinGuy

For tough clinchers I do the following.

1) I work the tire so it is almost all the way on.
2) I sit on some steps so the top of thighs are horizontal.
3) Place the wheel across my thighs with the unhooked tire section at 12 O'clock
4) Place my elbows at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock respectively.
5) While holding the wheel against my thighs with my elbows and forearms I insert my tire tool at 12 0'clock with my hand.
6) While I try to pry the last section of bead with my right hand I try to roll the tire down with my left hand.
7) pray and curse.


I also have a set of very wide tire tools which seem to not break as easily as my others.
sheeponabike

Getting a tyre off the other week to mend a puncture I bent both my tyre levers! It didn't matter because I was at home and used a screwdriver to ease that first bit off the rim. But what happens if I puncture while I'm out riding?  Shocked
Do tyre levers that don't bend exist? Any advice?
kellyrocheearly

sheeponabike wrote:
Getting a tyre off the other week to mend a puncture I bent both my tyre levers! It didn't matter because I was at home and used a screwdriver to ease that first bit off the rim. But what happens if I puncture while I'm out riding?  Shocked
Do tyre levers that don't bend exist? Any advice?


well my first piece of equipment where tyre levers i got for christmas when i was 11(19 years ago) and i still have them, these things are indestructible and will shift the most stubborn tyre without any problems.
CapeRoadie

How to fix a flat with video:

http://www.pdxk.com/crankmychain/2007/04/how-to-fix-flat.html
cardinal guzman

two sheffield spoons from the 1930s work for me. Does anyone make workshop tyre levers like they make workshop hex keys?
redster73

It was the getting on that was the problem as the trick was to not use tyre levers as they kept screwing the tubes!

I have a couple of old spoons in my toolbox but the underseat bags you get nowadays just don't allow for cutlery!
cardinal guzman

redster73 wrote:
the underseat bags you get nowadays just don't allow for cutlery!


They are so small they are pretty much ornamental! When I was a teenager I had a lovely carradice saddlebag that looked totally out of place on my handbuilt falcon racer (aquired on the cheap from a dentist in Leeds - I miss that bike), whereas these days I have this tiny black ripstop nylon envelope with ubiquitous reflective strip that I can just about fit my absolutely essential rubbish into but not my waterproofs! This on a bike that has a bell, a fullsize pump on the crossbar and the kind of inner tubes where I could use a bastard file instead of the spoons and still be pretty confident of a puncture free ride! Smile My biggest bugbear with the 'saddlebag' is that I got a lovely Ti rail brookes saddle for a present, and the bloody thing doesn't fit on it!
headwind

I love riding contis but wow, are they the hardest tires to change.  i can work a set of vittorias on with levers, but I cant even count the number of high impact plastic levers Ive broken mounting contis. ive bitten my pride too, after a good bloodletting sesh trying to hook the damn things.  its like they are 5 mm to short for the job...but my wrench at the lbs just flies em on...i dont get it.

you have my symp's redster... hw
CapeRoadie

Hey redster, check this out:

http://www.tyreswitch.nl/welcome.html
Bartali

Must be my 'super strong' thumbs but I don't think I have ever had to use a lever to put a clincher on.  That said, I had to give up taking a tubular off and go cap in hand to my LBS - who rolled it off in about 2 seconds.  Embarassed

Anyone out there riding tubs?

I'm off to do a week in Sardinia in april - do I take tubs or clinchers?

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