LOL, I've seen some of those bead breaker ones, like putting a 2x6 on the tire and driving your car up on it. I have a plastic wedge that I hid with a dead blow hammer to break the bead, though in a pinch you could whack the wedge with a rock. The wedge is from Motion Pro, but I think one of those ABS plastic logging wedges would work too.
I do understand the desire for shortcuts and alternative methods, though....first time I tried changing a tire on a Harley, I gave up...I was convinced that there was some special magic that could only be worked by a tire changing machine. I tried (and failed) a couple times trying to do it myself, along with lots of choruses of "this is bullshit, this can't be done by hand!". The first time I actually got one dismounted, I tried the zip tie thing to try and mount a new tire, but the zip ties broke before I could get the tire compressed. That one ended up going to a dealership to be mounted. Same another time that I couldn't get the bead to seat; that was off to a tire shop I frequent, and they were good enough to seat it for me.
If you don't use the right technique, changing a tire seems like pushing a boulder uphill with a drinking straw. Once I got it down pat, the other methods like the zip tie thing weren't necessary for me. I do use four spoons though; three shorts to work one side of the bead off the rim, and a long one to get the opposite side off. That involves sitting the tire upright, sticking the spoon in from the opposite side and levering the tire off the rim just a little bit. Then i just kneel on the tire and it pops right off.
Tire lube is the key. I use a lot, and once I started doing that, this process became way easier.
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