I've spent about 10 hours over the last three days trying to change the tube on my Downtube VIIIH and I've just about had it.
First day I spent a few hours trying to get the tire off until I snapped my tire lever in half.
Second day I went to a bike shop and bought a few more tire levers and was able to get the tire off fairly easily by using plenty of levers. Patched my tube and then struggled in vain for the next few hours trying to get the tire back on.
Third day I went to the local bike coop to ask for advice. Old timer there told me that he has a Birdy. I asked him if there is a trick for getting small tires on and he said, no, small tires are just a PITA.
After 30 min or so he was able to get one side of the tire back on with the harder levers they had at the coop. He struggled with the other side for 15 min or so before telling me to do it myself. I worked at it for an hour or so. Broke one of their harder levers. Finally through a combination of pulling the tire with one hand and leveraging with the other I managed to get the tire back on.
Pumped up the tube and....air escapes from several places. Seems there are more holes than I started with.
I dread the thought of going through it again. What should I do?