Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Bikes: 03 Lemond Zurich (Sold) 07 Steelman Custom steel road bike
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Place the wheel/tire on the ground with the valve at the top.
Put the bead of the tire on the side away from you on the rim.
Put the tube in place.
Put as much of the bead facing you on the rim, usually the last 3-4".
With the wheel/tire still on the ground and the valve at the top.
Start on the bottom of the left side and push the tire bead into the smallest part (center) of the rim while forcing the tire up towards the valve. When you reach the valve, hold the tire in place on that side and repeat the process on the other side.
At this point, with some pressure roll the side of the bead facing you onto and over the rim. If you have to, push the valve stem up into the tire
You can do just about the opposite to remove the tire. Only you'll roll the bead facing you off the rim first.
Since breaking 3 tire irons and pinch flating a tube one time while changing a pair of Conti slicks on my mountainbike I have been doing and demonstrating this to everyone/anyone I come in contact with.
I have yet to have to use a tire iron on any tire, wire or kevlar bead, that is correctly sized.
The key is to keep the bead in the center of the rim where it is the smallest diameter, not on the edge where it eventually sits when properly inflated and seated.
Last edited by Trouble; 07-18-03 at 08:08 PM.