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Old 11-11-04, 08:46 PM   #1
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Installing Tire

Just installed a Maxxis Fuse folding tire. It was a bloody mess. I won. Is there a easy way, soap, grease or the like that would help? Thank's
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Blood is a great lubricant. I use goats blood for several of my lubrication needs.
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Completely OT, I Know, but my Dad and his friend travelled to a goat farm recently to buy some goat meat to try and was told by the farmer that 80% of all the meat eaten in the world is goat .

Should be plenty of goat's blood around then .
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Might just be a hard fit with your rims, no? Whatever solutions folks here might offer you, make sure you can use them during a ride and not just in the comfort of your home: I wouldn't want to have to struggle with the tire/rim when repairing flats on winter rides. Avocet FasGrip Road tires go onto my Open Pro rims real easily.
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The first time is always the hardest. It will be easier next time.
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Using narrow tubes makes a BIG difference.

At the moment I'm using either Clements (can't remeber the model) or Tioga Super lights.
Both of these are narrow enough to make installation much easier.

Most of the other major bike tyre companies make thin tubes.

I had some problems with the Continental Supersonics.

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Just installed a Maxxis Fuse folding tire. It was a bloody mess. I won. Is there a easy way, soap, grease or the like that would help? Thank's
First, put just enough air into your inner tube to make it round. Now lay the inner tube inside your tire. That will give the tire shape. NOW you can start the process of mateing the tire and tube sub-assembly to your rim. I think that you'll find the process goes much easier this way and requires less goat's blood.
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First, put just enough air into your inner tube to make it round. Now lay the inner tube inside your tire. That will give the tire shape. NOW you can start the process of mateing the tire and tube sub-assembly to your rim. I think that you'll find the process goes much easier this way and requires less goat's blood.
In addition to what RG says here (very good idea), I would add that when you get to that last six inches, or so, of bead that you are trying to pop over the rim with your thumbs, you relieve a little of the air you put in to make the tube round. This can make a huge difference, as when you put the air in to make the tube round there was nothing to limit it's size or shape. Now, in the tire, it's a little smaller in circumference that small amount of pressure in the tube will fight you at the end. Try that and I think you'll be surprised.
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