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post #1 of 20 Old 08-04-2019, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Calling all you tire changers. Simple yet effective inexpensive addition

After fighting with a few stubborn tires and not having a 3rd hand I finally hit me why not get a foot valve and clip on air tire chuck.

Off to Amazon for a $17.99 FV320 foot valve and $3.49 HF for a clip on chuck.

All I can say is why did I wait so long to do this. Now I can clip-on the chuck hit the wawa pedal and work the bead with 2 free hands.
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This is for when the bead does not want to set I guess? Looks like it would be fairly heavy on the stem, just need to set it up right I suppose. Great idea.

I had trouble with a car tire once, stood it up and bounced it a few times and then it set OK.
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When I fitted tires for a living we would remove the guts of the valve before trying to seat the bead.

For stubborn ones a ratchet strap around the tread would push the beads out to meet the rim and speed things up.

I now use the ratchet strap trick when fitting tubes, it gives me more room to move and easier to get the tube in place.
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I keep ratchet straps at the ready and from time to time have had to use them. I've also done the tire bounce to help splay out the bead so it'll seat. Standing the tire upright and pushing it down with your chest while trying to fill it with air rocking it back and forth to get the bead to start holding air. Standing the tire up and throwing you thigh on it and rolling forward/backwards while contorting your self to get the chuck on the valve stem. No mas!
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When I fitted tires for a living we would remove the guts of the valve before trying to seat the bead.

For stubborn ones a ratchet strap around the tread would push the beads out to meet the rim and speed things up.

I now use the ratchet strap trick when fitting tubes, it gives me more room to move and easier to get the tube in place.
The ratchet straps really work to move both tire beads to the rim and allow fast seating of the bead on the rim.

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Love the foot valve idea!

I picked up a hand valve with clip-on, pressure gauge and air release valve a couple of years ago. Its was such an improvement for doing regular tire pressure checks that I made my friend buy one. Fire up compressor, attach clip-on, check pressure, add a little air, release a little air if you overshoot...done.
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I change all my own tires and for some of my friends, never felt the need for something like this? Do you typically have issues with seating the tire? I don't think i've ever had a problem with that and I just use a cheap air compressor in the 12 volt of the bike

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Your best friend for seating the bead and tire changing in general is a thorough bead lube.
I have found that liquid dishwashing soap works very well.
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I change all my own tires and for some of my friends, never felt the need for something like this? Do you typically have issues with seating the tire? I don't think i've ever had a problem with that and I just use a cheap air compressor in the 12 volt of the bike

Most of the tires I have done simply airing up is enough to get the bead to set. Some of them do need a little manipulation or a ratchet strap and twice I was not able to set the bead with my compressor.


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Excess lube is not the answer a high volume of air to quickly balloon out the tire bead to contact the wheel bead and make a seal is the answer.

I can pour 12 bottle of soap on a tire and if there is a 1/4" air space between the tire and rim the bead will not begin to seal.
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