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Old 04-25-07, 03:37 PM   #1
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Video: How to Fold a Bicycle Tire

This has always been difficult to describe, so, with the help of John Allen, I've made a 2.6 MB Quicktime video of the technique:

http://sheldonbrown.com/video/tire-folding.html

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Old 04-25-07, 04:34 PM   #2
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Thanks for the toe strap tip.

Now what do I do with all my black toe straps?
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Old 04-25-07, 04:51 PM   #3
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I think I'll stick to my Velcro One-wraps (blue of course)
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Odd, I can hear the audio but I get no video. Probably my QuickTime is FUBAR.

Anyway, I've been planning a photo sequence on the proper folding of a spare tubular, but I'll cancel it if you make a video for that too.
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Odd, I can hear the audio but I get no video. Probably my QuickTime is FUBAR.

Anyway, I've been planning a photo sequence on the proper folding of a spare tubular, but I'll cancel it if you make a video for that too.
no video for me either

tried opening QT first, open file cut/paste link, but first time told me invalid URL, second time told me not a movie file

OK, I upgraded to 7.15, still have same issues.

edit: check KoK post #7. Thanks

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Old 04-25-07, 08:07 PM   #6
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Any chance you could put that in windows media? I hate quicktime. I can never get it to work. I too am only getting audio. NO VIDEO>
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http://sheldonbrown.com/video/tire-folding.mov

Maybe that will work for some of you
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Old 04-25-07, 08:48 PM   #8
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This has always been difficult to describe, so, with the help of John Allen, I've made a 2.6 MB Quicktime video of the technique:

http://sheldonbrown.com/video/tire-folding.html

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Well done Sheldon. I made a video too. It's a kind of horn I was never able to find at Harris.

Not very practical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMLQY4LlXFs
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thanks king of kadence got the video!
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Well done Sheldon. I made a video too. It's a kind of horn I was never able to find at Harris.

Not very practical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMLQY4LlXFs
Too cute.
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Old 04-25-07, 09:31 PM   #11
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Any chance you could put that in windows media? I hate quicktime. I can never get it to work. I too am only getting audio. NO VIDEO>
Sorry, I have no idea how to do that. I don't use Windows, I'm a Mac guy.

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I don't use Windows, I'm a Mac guy.
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Weird. John Allen looks just like you!

(Thanks for the video.)
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Works great for me, on a Mac. Of course, one could just pack a foldable tire...

Love the dog bell.
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Guess it doesn't work that well with all tyres.

Just tried it with a 700x23 Conti Ultra Gatorskin, and while I could fold it into three loops, it was severely deformed and clearly didn't like being folded. If I had used more force to keep it tight, I'm sure I would've bent or broken off the wire bead.
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Answers the burning question of how the heck to fold the tire.

Can I use a marker to color a white strap red, or is that cheating?
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FWIW, thats the same technique used for band saw blades. (But you have to wear gloves)
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Thank you Sheldon! Nice job…






Now, where did I put those red toe-straps…

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FWIW, thats the same technique used for band saw blades. (But you have to wear gloves)
....and also to compact those wire-rimmed windshield solar shields...
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the POV of that video reminds me of FPS's where you're carrying a knife or something and running around.
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....and also to compact those wire-rimmed windshield solar shields...
…and the portable light reflectors used by photographers…

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Worth watching, if for nothing else but the sublime moment where we are informed, in a perfect deadpan, that only red toe straps will work . It's also nice to formalize the matter of tire folding. I have a couple of 26 x 1 3/8" tires sitting in my basement that I folded away (and secured with twist-ties twist-tied together into longer twist-ties!), oh, more than a year ago. Now I wonder, is such long-term storage in this folded state at all bad for the tire? It seems unlikely, but I don't know. I know what color toe strap to use, but the issue of long-term tire health has not been addressed. Perhaps an experiment is in order?
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