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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Ritchey Vantage Comp & Tire Fitting Problem

    I recently picked up an older hardtail fitted with 26" Ritchey Vantage Comp hoops. The rear tire was flat, so I started to bust the wheel down to replace the tube.

    In the process I broke one of those plastis bell tire levers that you get at x-mart and two fingernails. It took three BEEFY screwdrivers to get the tire off. Trying to put the tire back on I broke three more nails and the tire isn't even close to going on!

    Just for giggles, I tried to mount an old balloner tire and it too was way short of going on!

    Is there a sizing issue whith these wheels that makes tire mounting a problem oe what? All input is welcome.

    FYI ~ I've tried all the tricks and installation methods that I have in my repitore.

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    some rims seem to be a millimeter or so bigger than other rims, and since the tire bead doesn't stretch much that can make the difference between an easy tire install and a difficult to impossible one. i had the same problem with my wife's wheels.
    my solution was expensive tire levers, they are steel with a soft plastic coating and rubberize handle, they are also about 2" longer than regular levers. now they are still fairly difficult but just a little leverage and elbow grease and it's not really a problem anymore. and the rest of my tires are VERY easy with the new levers.
    be careful with screwdrivers though, i has having a hard time with a tire on my dad's road bike and used a screwdriver and when i got done and filled it up... psss!!! i had poked a hole in the tube and had to start all over again

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    some tires are just tight too!
    i pinch puntured a tube in 7 places just trying to get a continental slick on.
    i took it to my lbs where it took 3 guys to get it on in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rea1high
    i pinch puntured a tube in 7 places just trying to get a continental slick on.
    i took it to my lbs where it took 3 guys to get it on in the end.
    Dang! someone could make a lot of money by making a tire that goes on easier and comes off easier but only if you intend it to. is it possible for a tire that is very loose and goes on very easy to come off when in a tight corner? i would imagine not but if you have a big fat tire and its only got ~20-30psi in it i think it would definitely pull to the side a lot, any danger of it coming off?

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