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Old 06-12-09, 11:02 PM
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What is a good tire for a difficult rim?

My Schwinn circuit came with Mavic hubs and Mavic MA-40 rims. I don't think either were original to the bike, both because that is not what the 87 catalog says, and the rims have a performance bike sticker on them.

The rims are very difficult to get tires on. I got some new Conti Ultra Sport 700x23 tires from a friend and tried to put them. I got the front on, but the rear was impossible.

I did some searching, and bought this nice little tool.

Amazon.com: Kool-Stop Tire Bead Jack with Handle: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: Kool-Stop Tire Bead Jack with Handle: Sports & Outdoors

I was able to install the tire with the tool, but it still was not all the easy. I can put the Kenda Kontenders that came with the rims on, but again, not very easy. I got the Conti's on another rim without difficulty.

So I really think that these stupid rims are just difficult.

I was originally planning on selling those wheels, but now I think I may keep them. If so, I would like to get get some good, but not super expensive tires on those wheels. But I would also like something that is a little easier to get on an off the rims. It is not really feasible to carry around that tool.

Anybody have a suggestion?

Will a kelvar bead instead of a wire bead make a difference?

Jared
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