Replacing the front tire

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Replacing the front tire

#1 Unread post by trsahli » Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:36 pm

Ok all, I am about to embark on replacing the front tire this weekend. I would imagine it is duable, nothing crazy hard but I would like some advice. What is the easiest way to get a tire off, and what is the easiest way to get the new tire on without wrecking or mangling anything on the bike?? :?

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#2 Unread post by BuzZz » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:15 pm

Proper tire levers. Other prying tools may work, but you stand a better chance of not hacking up the rim with proper levers. I've seen guys wrap then with cloth tape in the area they contact the rim in an effort to not chip chrome over aluminum.... I've also seen it go both ways as far as success....

Then it's a game of extreme exertion (to get the bead over the rim, dish soap can help) while maintaining minute control (so you don't slip or scar the rim).
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#3 Unread post by trsahli » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:00 pm

Ok sounds good. But is this something that I can do. I think I have all the things I need, but is it something I can do myself? I have a buddy who can help me with it, but I want to make sure I am not in over my head. Any other words of advice folks?

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#4 Unread post by Gadjet » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:01 pm

Very do-able. I've changed my front tire numerous times myself. Takes a bit of time and some effort, but it's probably one of the easiest tasks that you can tackle.
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#5 Unread post by thespirit » Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:08 pm

Gadjet is right, this is a very doable procedure. If you have someone that can lend an extra hand, use it. It can be very helpful to have someone hold the rubber down while you reef on it.

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#6 Unread post by Sev » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:39 am

Gadjet wrote:Very do-able. I've changed my front tire numerous times myself. Takes a bit of time and some effort, but it's probably one of the easiest tasks that you can tackle.
I still remember you telling me shortly after the first time we went riding how impossible it was :P Hahaha.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#7 Unread post by flw » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:49 am

There are special pry bars for this not generic full size crow bars for this. I assume thats what you have. It's rim damage your trying to avoid.

Its time, wrist/hand/arm power and a properly sized lever you'll need. I assume this is a tubless front tire.
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#8 Unread post by Sev » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:57 am

Oh sweet christ, a tubeless low profile tire is a pain in the "O Ring" to change with hand levers. I'll use a machine every time myself :P.

Tube tires are pretty easy to do once you get the technique going. I prefer tire irons for a tube tire as you can be sure you won't pinch the tube.
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#9 Unread post by flw » Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:03 am

Any type of low profile tire is going to be more difficult since you have less material (sidewall) to remove or put on.
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