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Old 12-20-13, 08:11 PM
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Tire Changing Multiple Times?

Can a tire be "damaged" be taking it off and remounting it multiple times? In the winter I will take the cyclocross tires off and put a road tire on and visversa.
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As long as it is the right size for each of the refittings and you don't hack up the job i agree it's no problem. The exceptions are sew ups and semi pneumatics. Andy.
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Not if you do it right, but I bought a cheap used front wheel for my bike to cut my tire-changing in half each fall/spring.
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As said above, it's not automatic either way and depends on your tools and technique. I see many people nick and cut tires as they change them, so of course all this would add up. OTOH, it's easy enough to mount or remove most tires without causing any kind of incidental damage.

So your question is one you have to answer for yourself.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I see many people nick and cut tires as they change them, so of course all this would add up. OTOH, it's easy enough to mount or remove most tires without causing any kind of incidental damage.

So your question is one you have to answer for yourself.
+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by taking it off/putting it on repeatedly. In practice, it may or may not be, depending on you. Especially if one of the tires is a tight fit and you use excess force to take it off/put it on, you may eventually damage it (my dear own mother partially ripped the bead wire off a precious winter tire this winter).

The OP begs the question of why do you need to change the tires multiple times? Isn't it enough to do it once in the beginning of winter, once in the end (plus any flats)? Or is that exactly what you do, but are concerned that this is a lot of tire changing, to which I would respond that twice a year (plus flats) is only necessary for safe riding, and so nothing to worry about.
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Originally Posted by vanttila View Post
The OP begs the question of why do you need to change the tires multiple times? Isn't it enough to do it once in the beginning of winter, once in the end (plus any flats)? Or is that exactly what you do, but are concerned that this is a lot of tire changing, to which I would respond that twice a year (plus flats) is only necessary for safe riding, and so nothing to worry about.
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If you can't stand using your winter tires when there's not snow on the ground, I'd get a second wheelset to make the swap easier. Or find a tire you can live with as a compromise.
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Originally Posted by vanttila View Post
+1. In theory, the tire should not be damaged by taking it off/putting it on repeatedly. In practice, it may or may not be, depending on you. Especially if one of the tires is a tight fit and you use excess force to take it off/put it on, you may eventually damage it (my dear own mother partially ripped the bead wire off a precious winter tire this winter).
+1. Unfortunately, I've ruined at least one tire. That one was a bugger to get on and off. Last flat was, well, its last!
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I think you can tell if the tightness of the tire or your technique are actually doing damage. If nicks and cuts are visible or rubber is actually shaved off as you move the tire tool around the rim, then, yes, you could worry a little bit: infinite changes are not in your future. But if the tire comes off smoothly and you can see no damage, then swap them to your heart's content, since mounting tires is such an enjoyable activity...
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depends on the way you do it and the tools you use....

I like VAR's tire tools.
the plastic tweezer looking ones help get the tire back on.

Tight tires, on, I use 2 to get them off 3 plastic tire levers at once.
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