Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
1- Put enough air into the tube to give it shape before installing it. this makes it far easier to push into the tire and the shape keeps it well in the tire reducing the chance of pinching it between the tite and rim. You might have to bleed some of the air out as you finish the installation.
2- Mount the tire starting opposite and ending at the valve. Then gently push the valve in so as to bring the reinforced section at the base well up into the tire, ease the beads into position and pull the valve back down settling the tube above the tire.
I do it the opposite way. Starting at the valve means the tire is loosest and easier to wiggle the valve into it's spot.
With wire bead, or a foldable that holds it's shape, I put a puff of air into the tube, mount it inside the tire, then mount them together onto the rim. Always seemd the eaisest way to me. With a new, floppy foldable, it doesn't work.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike