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Old 08-18-13, 07:08 AM   #1
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Tire advice...mine are too good.

Finally after a year of commuting I had a flat. Luckily it was in the weekend so I sat on the couch and tried to change it....45 minutes later I had managed to get the tire off the rim and back on. That would not work in the morning, in the dark, on the side of the road on my way to work... So, I guess I am going to be looking for a new set of tires.

These are Vittiria "randonneur cross" and they have a very minimal tread. What are some brands that would be / are known for being slightly easier to mount.? My rim is 700C 622X14C If given my druthers I would like a slick.

The bike is a CAADX and has pretty good clearance between the tire and the brake mechanism and frame.c

Thanks, Andrew
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The VAR tire bead jack is your friend. I was put onto it in another thread (page 4). I bought one, but haven't had an opportunity to use it yet. It gets very good reviews though. vartools.com
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I like the 700 x 25c Continental Gatorskins. They are slicks.

Very easy on and off my 700c rims with bare hands.
Good puncture protection. Been riding them for a few years.
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I have a tire bead jack by Kool-Stop, that's also helpful, and fairly small and light. It would be tough to fit in an underseat bag, but if you have panniers or trunk bag, you could carry it all the time.

However, might it also be an issue of practice? I couldn't tell from OP, was this your first flat repair ever, or just your first since getting these tires?

There are tips to make it easier to get tight tires on, like squeeze all the way around to make sure bead is lying in the lower center recess of the rim, start your second bead opposite the valve and end at the valve (if you start at the valve, the valve prevents the bead from sitting right at the bottom). Some people recommend a swipe with talc, maybe you could keep a little baggie of it with you?
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Old 08-18-13, 10:02 AM   #5
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Tire advice...mine are too good.

Bead jack cheaper than replacing tires, especially very flat resistant ones. Bead jack and practice. Apparently you don't get much because of your good luck with not getting flats!
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I have a tire bead jack by Kool-Stop, that's also helpful, and fairly small and light. It would be tough to fit in an underseat bag, but if you have panniers or trunk bag, you could carry it all the time.

However, might it also be an issue of practice? I couldn't tell from OP, was this your first flat repair ever, or just your first since getting these tires?

There are tips to make it easier to get tight tires on, like squeeze all the way around to make sure bead is lying in the lower center recess of the rim, start your second bead opposite the valve and end at the valve (if you start at the valve, the valve prevents the bead from sitting right at the bottom). Some people recommend a swipe with talc, maybe you could keep a little baggie of it with you?

First on these tires.. On my dedicated road bike I can get one off and back on in just a few minutes whether on the side of the road or in the shop. The issue was that last few inched you have to kind of roll over the rim, my wife thought all the grunting, straining and cussing was funny. I vaguely remember these being a treat to get on the first time.
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