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How do YOU fit an inner tube and tire?

Old 01-22-22, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
As the most important, I'd bump this up a couple steps to #1.
I used to line the valve with the label, but have switched to placing the valve next to the tire inflation markings. That way it's easier to find the pressure markings.
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Old 01-22-22, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I have switched to placing the valve next to the tire inflation markings. It's easier to find the pressure markings.
Maybe that works with super cheap tires when it's not your bike, but I base my required pressure on tire width and total weight.
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Old 01-22-22, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by pennpaul View Post
I used to seat the tire at the valve last (for 25+ years) until I couldn't on a new rim/tire combo, googled it, and saw that seating it first would give me a little more slack. So now it's always seat at the valve first.
The rationale for starting 180 degrees from the valve is that at that location the tire's bead can drop into the deepest part of the rim, providing more slack when finishing at the valve. Starting at the valve gives less slack because of interference by the valve stem. This may vary depending on the profile of the rim, so is probably not a game-changer.
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Old 01-23-22, 03:24 PM
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I like to align the valve with the treadwear indicator that Continental tires have. Makes it much easier to find when it's worn down to almost nothing. There's a TWI mark next to it on the sidewall but it's mixed in with a lot of other stuff, and I usually end up spinning the tire around four or five times before I can find it.
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Old 01-25-22, 02:45 AM
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reading all these post made me realize how bad i was fitting my tire in the wheel ahahhaha thanks all
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Old 01-25-22, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
I used to line the valve with the label, but have switched to placing the valve next to the tire inflation markings. That way it's easier to find the pressure markings.
I use a white china marker to rub the raised/embossed printing. actually, now I often just write the PSI w/ the china marker. I also write the tire width, cuz I often forget for conversations. also write arrows showing rotation direction. so dumb when I mount tires backwards ...




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Old 01-25-22, 09:20 PM
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Sometimes stubborn tires, usually MTB tires, will go on ok but won't seat completely, so it doesn't spin true. In our shop it was a joke that I when I was new, guys would be overfilling the tires to get them to "pop" into place, occasionally making a really loud pop and they thought it was funny to see me flinch at the sound. A few months later and I'm used to it.
To both help get a stubborn tire on those last couple of inches, or to seat a stubborn MTB tire I will sometimes spray bike wash all the way around the bead on both sides before inflating the tire, working it into the the inside of the rim as well. Dries quickly and can really help on tough combinations.
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Old 01-27-22, 04:29 PM
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I put the tube in the tire, inflate it, put the valve in the rim, and bang it all on the wheel with a hammer. I thought that's how everybody did it?
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