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Old 09-23-08, 12:00 PM
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Really tight Vittoria tire

So, I know how to change a tire...

Anyways, I recently got Vittoria EVO CX tires and I got a pinch flat on my rear wheel (they were really tight when putting them on and I'm not the best at switching them out). Now, I can't get it off. I've tried everything I know and I just can't the bead off of the rim. Does anyone have some suggestions as to how I can change the tube and get riding again?

I know...it's embarrassing
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Old 09-23-08, 12:10 PM
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set it out in the sun for a few hours, then use soapy water in a spray bottle, and some good tire levers.


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What kind of soap or does it not matter? And I just spray it at the base?

Thanks for the quick reply
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use a set of 3 park levers--- when you re mount -- use talcum powder and 3 park levers
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Old 09-26-08, 07:10 PM
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Get a Quik- Stik best tire lever I have found.
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Old 09-27-08, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Irkk View Post
What kind of soap or does it not matter? And I just spray it at the base?
I'd use Dawn dish soap since I use that for bike washing anyway. And spray it around the bead, since you want to lubricate the contact point between the rim and bead when sliding it on/off.
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Old 09-27-08, 11:08 AM
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Anything slippery will help. And you only need the soap for about 1/4 the rim where you need to zip off the bead where it's tighest.

And I know you said you know how to change tires but just a reminder that the tighter the tire the more important it is to repeatedly and aggresively center the bead in the deepest part of the rim's tire channel opposite to the levers. I find it works best in these cases to use one hand to apply pressure at the two close spaced levers and the other to run around the tire centering the bead repeatedly. The lever pressure holds the bead centered and you can actually feel the levers coming up and over as you work in the slack. It's not uncommon for me to repeat this centering 3 or 4 times to work all the slack towards the levers on a stubborn tire.
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