fitting new tyres

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fitting new tyres

Postby Dale08 » 9 Jul 2011, 10:51pm

just fitted new tyres on my rockhopper ( conti city sport contact 26x1.6) these were the hardest i'v ever fitted :x
took me ages to fit the buggers, don't know if it's the rims or the tyres, if i need to take on off on the road
i'll have real probs
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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby 531colin » 10 Jul 2011, 7:27am

No you won't.

Watch the vid. here...http://www.spacycles.co.uk/

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby lowrider » 10 Jul 2011, 8:55am

Did you change the inner tubes as well? if you use tubes for 2 inch wheels its very difficult to fit smaller tyres of say 1.5 inches it can take hours sometimes. Even if the tyres are in the bottom of the tubes range the tyres will be easier to fit if you use tubes that fit tyres at the top of their range.

Often narrower tyres can be harder than 2 inch tyres often I can fit these easily without levers.

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby al_yrpal » 10 Jul 2011, 11:30am

Looked on Colins video on YouTube, clicked on 'RelatedVideos ' and a Bra fitting guide came up!!
:D Wasnt Colin though?

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby 531colin » 10 Jul 2011, 3:08pm

al_yrpal wrote:Looked on Colins video on YouTube, clicked on 'RelatedVideos ' and a Bra fitting guide came up!!
:D Wasnt Colin though?

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Bugger! Wasn't invited to fit that!

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby Neil Mc Ivor » 10 Jul 2011, 3:24pm

531colin wrote:No you won't.

Watch the vid. here...http://www.spacycles.co.uk/

Great video.
My Contis were so hard to fit that I wasn't going to touch them again unless really necessary.
Now I'm looking forward to changing them round.

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby Dale08 » 10 Jul 2011, 3:46pm

My god he makes that look easy :D mrsDale was going to film me and put it on youtube how to swear and stamp your feet :D
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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby ruffstuffbob » 10 Jul 2011, 5:59pm

Hi, I had the same trouble fitting a marathon tyre the other day despite viewing Colin's video. A couple of "bikey" friends suggested I put a new tyre on and off the rim say three times without the tube before fitting it properly. This will, they said, stretch the rubber and make it easier, not sure whether they use levers or not. Also they said using talcum powder can help. Haven't tried this out yet so maybe someone could tell me if it really does work. Bob. J.

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby pal » 10 Jul 2011, 6:22pm

A VAR tyre lever is the solution which works for me -- it's saved me a lot of pain, and my neighbours from listening to a lot of loud swearing...

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby Trigger » 10 Jul 2011, 7:11pm

pal wrote:A VAR tyre lever is the solution which works for me -- it's saved me a lot of pain, and my neighbours from listening to a lot of loud swearing...


Yeah they look ideal for tight tyres. I had some that were insanely tight, even the squashing-down-into-the-rim-channel technique didn't make any difference, I wrecked two of those nylon tyre levers trying to get those b******s on :shock:

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby xpc316e » 11 Jul 2011, 9:25am

Nylon/plastic tyre levers have no use whatsoever - if a tyre can be fitted using them, it can be fitted using just one's fingers. If a tyre is tough to fit, then they just break in two and are about as much good as a handbrake on a canoe.
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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby LollyKat » 11 Jul 2011, 11:02am

xpc316e wrote:Nylon/plastic tyre levers have no use whatsoever - if a tyre can be fitted using them, it can be fitted using just one's fingers. If a tyre is tough to fit, then they just break in two and are about as much good as a handbrake on a canoe.

Easy to say but if you are a middle-aged female with the beginnings of arthritis in the thumbs it is a different story. The ordinary nylon tyre levers work fine for me, just to ease the last bit over. I have never broken one but the first and only time I tried a VAR lever (new)it snapped.

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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby NUKe » 11 Jul 2011, 2:57pm

xpc316e wrote:Nylon/plastic tyre levers have no use whatsoever - if a tyre can be fitted using them, it can be fitted using just one's fingers. If a tyre is tough to fit, then they just break in two and are about as much good as a handbrake on a canoe.


I can gerneally fit tyres without levers, Its getting them tyres off without that is the problem, and is a lot harder, and parktool nylon re-inforced plastic levers are perfect for this job. It's not always about brute force but sometimes a little assistance from a piece of platic is all that is needed
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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby xpc316e » 11 Jul 2011, 9:37pm

What I meant was that you should go out and buy some metal tyre levers, rather than the nylon excuses. You're trying to persuade a steel wire bead over an aluminium rim with a nylon tyre lever - which one is going to give out first? Making tyre levers out of nylon is akin to making chocolate teapots.
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Re: fitting new tyres

Postby ronyrash » 15 Jul 2011, 4:48pm

lolykat mentions athrites n the thumbs.i read in [dharma bums j.kerouac ]only yesterday of a zen lunatic who cured is arthries of many years by simply standing on his head for a few minuits a day.with the help of milk and honey.now at 69 i am having knee trouble so i will stand on my head a few minuits a day [no honey ,milk] and see what happens.
i find since i began using the reverse grip on the handle bars occasionally i no longer require gloves.if i get hand acke i grip the bars from under for a while and the acke goes away.its a little awkward at first but well worth getting used too.