I just bought some new Mavic rims and got a good deal on a cheap set of Michelin tires and tubes from PBK. The tires came in and being that I've never put new tires on wheels before I thought it'd be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong! Getting the lip over that last area was tough. My fingers and thumbs were chewed up and tired! But I finally got them on. Although it was a bit easier to get them on the second rim.
Is there any simple trick to getting new tires on easily without tearing up your fingers in the process? I tried using the tire lever but I was afraid I'd wreck my tubes or something.
Thanks in advance for the help!