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Old 03-26-11, 12:50 PM   #1
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my tire won't come off!

i recently got an old 60's or 70's raliegh and when i tried to change the tires, they wouldn't come off. it looks like they were glued on there. any advice would be appreciated, i'd like to get to riding this thing.
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Over a long time, the rubber softens and glues itself to the rim. It's very common with older stuff but isn't a cause for despair. Squeeze the base of the tire inward from both sides, press it from one side at a time, and you'll unglue it so it can be removed. If it's glued so well that you can't press it in, stick a tire lever, or any dull flat thing between the tire and rim (not under as you would to pry it off) and break the bond, then work your edge around the rim until the tire is free all the way. Usually once you start the rest goes very quickly.

BTW- after this tire is off, scrape the inner edge of the rim free of left over traces using an old credit card or something similar.
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tubulars?
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tubulars?
Possibly, but I discounted it based on the fact that Raleigh wasn't making many high end bikes in that era.

TO the OP- if you have narrow tires with skinny valves that aren't like car valves, on narrow aluminum rims, it's possible that you have tubular tires. These are sewn at the bottom to form an continuous tube, then glued to a rim with a shallow curvature.

It's easy to know quickly. Slide or force a tire lever, or spoon handle between the tire and rim. If it sticks out pointing mainly out away from the hub you have a conventional tire and tube. If it sticks out sideways you have tubulars, aka sewups, and these are glued on to the rim, and are for high end performance use only.
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The first sewups I ever saw were on an early 70's Raleigh International. 531 double butted, nice lugs, full Campy except for the brakes. Sheldon Brown owned one which was sold a few months after his death.

What model do you have, fredward?
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i've got the raleigh sports, it's a 3 speed cruiser type bike.
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i've got the raleigh sports, it's a 3 speed cruiser type bike.
then +1 on the crusty tire analysis.
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Yeah, those should be conventional bike tires.
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i've got the raleigh sports, it's a 3 speed cruiser type bike.

Here's some info on the Raleigh Sports.

26" tires, with clincher rims.
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thank you guys for your advice, but i'm pretty sure my question was answered by the first response.
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