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You might want to search www.dejanews.com for old articles, or look at
the faq. There's probably something at www.sheldonbrown.com as well (or
try a general websearch).
The last 6" are often difficult. One important 'trick' is to have the
tube slightly inflated so it won't get caught and chewed up by the bead.
Also, some beads seem to relax after a few on/off cycles.
I bought something called a speed lever(tm), which clips onto the
axle, extends to hook onto the rim. You push it around the rim, and it
presses the bead over the edge (like the tire machines used on cars). So
far, I've found I still have to push the bead on with my thumbs (just
ahead of the speed lever), but it holds things in place and makes life
easier. The s-l also does removal in sinilar fashion, although I prefer
an old, wide metal tire iron I have. Haven't seen anything of a similar
shape, and don't care for the little plastic jobs.
I used to use the tire iron to lever the last few inches onto the rim,
but often caught the tube and chewed a hole in it. Frustrating.
Once the bead is seated, you might want to check that the tube isn't
caught anywhere - start by pushing the valve down (to pull the tube out
from under the bead, where it often gets stuck), then go around pushing
the bead towards the centre. It's sort of a touchy-feely thing, possibly
more black magic than science (and don't forget to sacrifice a 'power
bar' to Pfssssshht, the god of inner tubes).
: I have a road bike, and I'm changing my first flat. I've been able to
: do everything but get the tire back on to the wheel. I get most of the
: bead in and the end is too difficult to push in. I really don't know
: how to use tire levers. (The guy at my local bike shop sold me this
: thing that looks like a pen, and said it would work better than a pack
: of 3 normal levers).
: Please help, and thanks in advance
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