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New wheelset - tyres REALLY difficult to mount - advice needed!

Old 12-04-17, 01:56 PM
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It may have already been mentioned, but try this technique:

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Old 12-04-17, 05:43 PM
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[QUOTE=JohnDThompson;20031537]
Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post

VAR makes a more portable bead jack. I have the Kool Stop in my shop, and carry the VAR with me on rides.



https://www.retro-gression.com/produ...tire-bead-jack
I own and have used both the Var and the Kool-Stop and the Kool-Stop is by far the better tool. The Var is too flexible and doesn't have the needed strength or rigidity for truly recalcitrant tires.
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Old 12-04-17, 07:48 PM
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[QUOTE=HillRider;20032972]
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
I own and have used both the Var and the Kool-Stop and the Kool-Stop is by far the better tool. The Var is too flexible and doesn't have the needed strength or rigidity for truly recalcitrant tires.
I, too, have both the VAR and Kool-Stop bead jacks and use them both. The Kool-Stop is more rigid than the VAR — no argument there —but the VAR is more portable and better suited for carrying along while riding.
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Old 12-04-17, 08:18 PM
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A thought:

Those mounting tools are not intended for brute-forcing a bead over the hook--that's a good way to bend/break something--but instead, a hand saver for ease of mounting with good technique.
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Old 12-04-17, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
A thought:

Those mounting tools are not intended for brute-forcing a bead over the hook--that's a good way to bend/break something--but instead, a hand saver for ease of mounting with good technique.
They can be more than a hand saver. Yes, used foolishly you could damage the rim, particularly a carbon one, but used carefully they will mount tires nothing else will.
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Old 12-05-17, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Barchettaman View Post
Again, thanks for the hints and tips. I'll be getting one of those bead tools.

The wheels are branded Giant P-R2, and are brand new, obviously standard equipment and have been taken off a Giant road bike where the owner has upgraded. Maybe one of the lower-end Propels or something.

They're pretty similar to Mavic Aksiums. Maybe a little heavier. I paid £50 ($72) for the wheels with nice lightweight skewers, which I think was OK.
50 euros for a pair of new take-off wheels... i'm jealous. nice find!
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Old 12-05-17, 02:59 PM
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Another trick to try is this ziptie method.
Yes I know that's a motorcycle tire but I've done it with my motorcycle and was shocked how easy it was with some lube on the beads. Never done it with a bike tire but an MC tire is a real brute to do even with big steel tire irons which is how I used to mount them so imagine a bike tire would be easier. The goal is to tie the tire so the beads are together. Not the most convenient thing to do out on the road but works well when mounting a new stubborn tire without drama.
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Old 12-09-17, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I'd have someone's head if I came home and found someone running a 220 volt clothes dryer or 1800 watt hair dryer to heat up a bicycle tire.


-Tim-
I actually used my hair dryer to soften some gp4000 I was installing on some Ultegra wheels.
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Old 12-09-17, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by evan326 View Post
i actually used my hair dryer to soften some gp4000 i was installing on some ultegra wheels.
off with your head peon!

(ha, I tried putting this all in caps, and it wouldnt allow it...funny)
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