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    Really struggling re-seating tire during flat repair

    I've changed many flats and put on several sets of new wheels. I've NEVER had so much trouble getting a tire back on the wheel as I'm having now.

    These last 2 flats are my firstones on this wheel set, (Easton EA SL) I'm following standard procedures for forming the tube with slight inflation, then working around the wheel with each hand. I get close to the end and then those last 5 inches are wearing me out.

    I've been trying to just man-up and thumb that last edge over the wheel but I've messed my thumbs up. Blisters! Good thing I'm not stuck out on the road somewhere trying to finish the flat repair!

    There has to be a tip or trick for this? Please tell me.

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    push the bead of the tire into the deep center channel of the rim. this gives you slack. you should be working the last bit of bead at the valve stem. also use thinner rim tape. finally a kool stop bead jack helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    push the bead of the tire into the deep center channel of the rim. this gives you slack. you should be working the last bit of bead at the valve stem. also use thinner rim tape. finally a kool stop bead jack helps
    why at the valve stem?

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    Yeah, finishing at the stem makes no sense to me too. Finish opposite the stem, but make sure you push the valve in to allow the tire bead to seat properly in that area.
    Only use enough pressure in the tube to round it out. Any more and it will just make it difficult for no good reason.
    Use the heel of you palms to roll the bead over the rim wall rather than trying to push it over with your thumbs. Just wrapping your hands around the whole rim/tire area, gripping hard, and twisting it over can sometimes work very well.
    Last edited by Torchy McFlux; 07-11-10 at 12:02 AM.

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    valve takes up space in the drop center of the rim, giving less slack. why opposite of the valve?

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    90 degrees from the valve stem. Make sure the bead is set around the stem first, too.

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    If you're not letting that last bit of air out during the last few inches try that. Even just enough to avoid pinching the tube is enough to push the rim away from the middle of the rim channel. Also this particular set of wheels may be using a thicker than normal rim tape. Or worse, the Michelin plastic band rib tape that seems to love to bridge the rim channel.
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    Lubricate the bead of the tire with something - anything. Even spit or water from your water bottle helps.

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    If worse comes to worse, use a ziptie as a third hand to keep one end of the seated tire from popping out as you work the other end in.

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    Starting from the valve stem pull the tire with both in opposite directions until you to the opposite side and then try to put it back on. If it is still tough get a VAR or the Kool Stop tire jack.
    http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...&item_id=KS-TJ

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