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Old 10-03-21, 11:42 AM
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Removing Tubeless Tires

Deflated both tires but now getting the plastic Park tire iron under the bead to pry it up seems impossible - it's as if the thickness of the tire iron is too much to wedge it under the bead to pry it up - should I carefully use a screwdriver or is there a trick to removing tubeless tires ?
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If you don't push the tire bead entirely off the bead seat all around the rim before using the lever then it will be impossible with even a tire made for tubes.

Though in times that are fast becoming BITD times, deflated tires use to come off the bead seat on their own many times. However now they don't. So you have add something new to your tire changing routine.
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Deflated both tires but now getting the plastic Park tire iron under the bead to pry it up seems impossible - it's as if the thickness of the tire iron is too much to wedge it under the bead to pry it up - should I carefully use a screwdriver or is there a trick to removing tubeless tires ?
That's because you don't pry them up! You have to push the beads laterally into the center of the rim in order to free up the slack necessary to remove them.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
That's because you don't pry them up! You have to push the beads laterally into the center of the rim in order to free up the slack necessary to remove them.
Thanks for the tip , that's what the fellow on the Park Tool instructional video said but I wasn't sure what he meant , will try it , thanks again !!
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Thanks for the tip , that's what the fellow on the Park Tool instructional video said but I wasn't sure what he meant , will try it , thanks again !!
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Good luck!
Easier said than done , brought both tires to LBS this am - the Park Tool guy made it look easy .
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Easier said than done , brought both tires to LBS this am - the Park Tool guy made it look easy .
Did you watch what they did? If they were fixing them after you left then ask questions when you pick them up. Ask to see the mechanic if it's only a store front sales person you are dealing with.

Most mechanic's love to gab about what they did or how to do something. So unless the store has a policy against them talking to the customer, then let them educate you about dismounting and remounting your tires.
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Did you watch what they did? If they were fixing them after you left then ask questions when you pick them up. Ask to see the mechanic if it's only a store front sales person you are dealing with.

Most mechanic's love to gab about what they did or how to do something. So unless the store has a policy against them talking to the customer, then let them educate you about dismounting and remounting your tires.
I agree bike mechanics are proud of their work and most times happy to share their insights and techniques - he did share that it was tough removing the old tires , said that he used two tire irons , and demonstrated pushing both sides of the old tire towards the middle but the owner was nearby and I didn't feel comfortable asking for more specifics - will go back another day - thanks for the thoughtIride01 - I also think there may be shop grade tire irons available that are much thinner than my chunky Park plastic ones .
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