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Tight Clinchers and Roadside Repair

Old 01-10-23, 12:52 PM
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its all relative

after you (manually) mount off road motorcycle tires or farm tractor tires (with small tire irons) - just about any challenging bicycle tire then becomes less of an obstacle
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Old 01-10-23, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
I get that some tires are very difficult to mount, but is mounting a tire without using a lever really a requirement for some people?

I've been riding road/MTB since the last century, and I have always carried two tire levers in my bag. Sure - I don't always need them, but most of the time when I'm changing a tire I use a lever just because it makes the job easier. It's not difficult to use a tire lever in a way that doesn't damage a tube.
I disagree, and I have been repairing punctures since 1965.

It is not that easy to install a tire using tire levers without pinching a tube. I've pinched a tube a few times. If at all possible, it is best to install a tire without using tire levers.
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Old 01-10-23, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
I get that some tires are very difficult to mount, but is mounting a tire without using a lever really a requirement for some people?
It's a requirement for me.
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Old 01-11-23, 04:24 PM
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I just wanted to note, that in a bit of cosmic justice, I was the rider with flat tire today!

No real problems mounting the tire back one-American Classic rims, Conti 5000's with tubes. But not fun on a cold January day in Ohio.

If I had tubless, either I would still be out there struggling, or it would have sealed itself and I would have never known. No way to know.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
I tried the "squeeze bead into the valley" method on my last roadside repair (almost new GP5000).

It helped a little, but I still needed a tire lever for the last few inches.
So, I think the convo shifted to impossible to remove tires. Tire levers for removing the last few inches, or installing a new one?
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Old 02-18-23, 10:53 PM
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I use mavic tyre levers when it comes to GP5000 on my all carbon wheels. I don't trust those jacks for use on carbon.

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Old 02-19-23, 12:49 AM
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I don't know about Grand Prix 5000 but went with purchasing Continental Grand Prix 4 seaons for all my road bikes upgrades and projects. All my road rims are clincher rims. I have a Grand Prix 4000 tire on my Raleigh, good tire but is worn out by now. I will have also slime self healing tubes installed on all of my wheels and I will have the tires installed by my bike tech.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
^^^This. One of my bikes has a pair of 16-year-old Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and no matter what brand or model of clincher I'm using getting them on or off those rims is trivial ...like, what's that expression? "Throwing a greased hotdog down a bowling alley"? Much easier than with any of my other wheelsets.
If I didn't hate Ksyriums so much I'd use them on all my bikes.
I have a 35 years old Cosmic Expert wheelset and I have changed tires twices on them, same conclusion than you,that is why I have bought two other pairs of Cosmic for my other bikes. Mavic road rims are very user friendly when you are switching of tire brand
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