Newbie Help With Installing Tire

Newbie Help With Installing Tire

Post by The Stylisti » Mon, 17 Aug 1998 04:00:00


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

TS

 
 
 

Newbie Help With Installing Tire

Post by TBGi » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>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).

With some rim - tire combos I can install the tire easily with just my fingers,
in other cases and often with a new tire I have to use a standard tire lever to
get that last little bit to seat.  You do run the risk of pinching a hole in
your tube when you use a tire lever for instalation.  On the other hand I've
managed to pinch a hole in a tube without the assistance of a tire lever.  

A widely accepted manuver to get a tire installed is to squeeze the bead
together opposite from the part you are trying to get finally seated.  

Often all that is required is a bit of patience and perhaps sore thumbs, but
sometimes that tire lever is very nice to have, just use with care.  

I have no idea what that "pen" like thing is.  



 
 
 

Newbie Help With Installing Tire

Post by Mark Freedm » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00

   I hate spending ten minutes typing a reply to a question and having
the Email bounce due to a fudged address. If I can put in the effort to
reply, you can put up with some junk Email. fwiw, here's the reply:

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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

: TS

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