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post #1 of 29 Old 06-29-2017, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Why would anyone want to change their own tires? Isn’t it hard work that usually involves at least one bleeding knuckle? Don’t the tools cost a small fortune when you consider that shops only charge about 25 bucks for the service? Well, some riders don’t live within a few miles of a bike shop. And some folks, well, they’ve always got to do things themselves.

The good news is that, overworked sweat glands aside, changing tires is relatively easy – once you have the right tools. All you really need is a bead breaker, a set of tire irons, some dish soap, and a tire balancing stand.

Begin with your bike on front and rear stands. Once you’ve removed a wheel, unscrew the valve core with a valve stem tool. After the tire has finished its lengthy sigh, place your wheel on an old tire or other work surface. Whatever support you use, you want to make sure the wheel is not resting on a brake disc while you’re working on the bead. Discs bend all too easily and are quite expensive.
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Well not all of us have the equipment but hit the local dealers for the task. Some of us know friends with tire changers and do it that way.
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Those videos are bull. Dual sport tires are awful even with the best no mar changer. I know from experience.
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There are much better and more realistic instruction videos, especially covering the no-mar tipped and similar mounting bars and rim holders. It's not as simple as they make it seem. And a good tire lube makes a big difference too.
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If you DIY, this is an important point from the article:
" keeping the first bead in the rim’s center depression, work the second bead over the lip. Finish off with the tire irons, keeping the beads opposite the iron in the wheel’s center depression."

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Breaking the bead is easy with the 2x4 method, you need zero special tools to do that.

Putting the tire on, a few tire irons and rim protectors are cheap. Dishsoap and water for the lube.

That will give you enough tools to remove and install tires. Balancing is optional depending on who you ask.

Saying that, I would not advise anyone to mount and balance their own tires. It is something that can be an absolute PITA if you have a tire with a tight bead. I'll do it every once in a while and regret it every single time. Most shops in my area charge around $20CAD to mount and balance a tire off the bike.

$20 for any service that saves me from physical labour is beyond worth it!
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I've done all my own tire changes (and for my son's bike too) but if I could find a local shop that would mount and balance for only $20. I'd probably go that route more often.
Doing your own by hand is not that bad if you follow the instructions found online and read posts like this one.
No doubt, bead breaking can be a pain but practice helps. As noted above, once the bead is broken, keeping the bead in the center of the rim while working the opposite edge is key to provide enough 'slack' to use your irons. I use 3 tire irons, 2 of about 8 or 10 inches long and one longer for the big bites about 14".
Some tires are harder than others. I recently mounted Mitas E-07 tires on 2 bikes and could not get the front bead to seat. Ended up bringing both front tires to a garage that had a 'real' air compressor to get them seated.
I'm now a believer in the 'no balancing' method, so far I can't notice a difference on the Stroms.
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This thread has me thinking wether I should tackle changing my rear tire next week.

Anyone have experience with how tight the Shinko 705 beads are?

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If you want to do it search for and read up on the no-mar or no scuff mounting bar. This is a good place to start: No-scufftiretool

Bead braker: The 2x4 method or any other method with sufficient leverage makes quick work of that. Also possible but more tedious are a set of C-clamps or large woodworker clamps.

Plus you need a secure way to hold the rim and a center post to use as leverage for the mounting bar. If you modify the Harbor Freight tire changer, do yourself a favor and tie that rim down and secure it additionally with a ratchet strap. Makes all the difference!!

A third hand to keep the tire in the valley of the rim! Or get "that yellow thing", works well to replace the third hand.

Done right and with a warm tire and good lube it is really not that difficult.

Cold tire, poor lube, no secure way to hold the rim and it becomes a real chore and you end up with a rim that is butchered by the tire irons.
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This thread has me thinking wether I should tackle changing my rear tire next week.



Anyone have experience with how tight the Shinko 705 beads are?


Not sure what you mean by tight, I have mounted 1 front and 2 rear 705s no trouble.


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