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  1. nauc

    nauc Monkey

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    i just broke 3 tire levers, scratched up my rim and kept ripping wholes in the tube trying to get it back on

    tried soap and water too

    wtf
     
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  2. TheTruth

    TheTruth Turbo Monkey

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    you're doing it wrong.
     
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  3. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    Rhyno Lites?
     
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  4. nauc

    nauc Monkey

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    how to do it right then?
     
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  5. nauc

    nauc Monkey

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  6. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    Still Sun rims.

    They seem to have the shallowest well of rim manufacturers which makes tires super tight to put on.

    Make sure the bead is pinched together and as far in the rim as you can get it around the opposite side of where you are trying to put it over the rim.

    I wear long fingered gloves or mechanics gloves to work the bead over as much as I can.

    If I have to resort to levers I just use them to lift the bead and press it over with my other hand to prevent pinching the tube and putting holes in it. Don't use the lever to pry the bead over the side of the rim. Just lift and push hard a couple inches over.
     
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  7. TheTruth

    TheTruth Turbo Monkey

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    When in doubt hit it with a mallet.
     
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  8. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    The rim, the tire, or your own skull?
     
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  9. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    BTW, I know it sounds like a cop-out, but think about switching to Kevlar beaded tires, preferably broken-in.
     
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    omfg i had to use steel tire levers on my Rhyno Lites. great rims for under $100 though. I usually just end up cutting tires off of them though :think:
     
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    have you tried yelling at it?
     
  12. boogenman

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    WTF?

    Operator error wimpy. You have to use your brain and muscles. Obviously you have neither. Don't make me show you how it is done.


    wimpy
     
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    I had some Sun Big Fat Mammoth wheels and Intense double ply DH tires...after losing the skin off off my thumb knuckle (twice in a row!!) fromthe the cheapo plastic levers I went and bought these...

    http://www.parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=17&item=TL-5

    Since I went back to Mavics and single ply all tires go on and off by hand now.
     
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  14. TheTruth

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    Definitely not my skull, that would hurt.
     
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  16. nauc

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    my mechanic uses these ($4). seems like a way better design since you dont pry with them. you hold them vertical, hook the tire, lift up and pop the tire off it, up over the rim, with your thumb.

     
  17. TheTruth

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    Who makes those? Tampax?
     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    broke a tire lever today trying to mount up some heavily studded Nokian Gazzy-G's on my 823's. I blame it on the cold. Took bringing them inside to get the bead to seat even with 60psi.

    By far the heaviest wheel-tire combo I've ever held. 823's + Hadleys + Nokain Gazzy-G+ Hundreds of SelfTapping Sheetmetal screws+ heavy as **** DH tubes + Duct tape covering screw heads from inside. Oh well, i'll have traction for the snow race at Blue Mt. on Saturday!
     
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    Worst combo ever: DT Swiss 6.1 rims and Kenda Nevegals.
     
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    Worst tire ever. Ask Lil'angry Jon about them. :rofl:
     
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    you have no idea. try putting geax or a sun add! i went out and bought a set of park tool levers just because of it! nothing compared to my 823's and minnions.
     
  24. TheTruth

    TheTruth Turbo Monkey

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    Well, you know how you mentioned that Christmas in July thing? I was going to mail you tampons and a post it that says "soak it in." I figured it would be more appropriate if they were rainbow. :rofl::rofl:
     
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    I have a hard time putting on tires too. I have Azonic Outlaws with Maxxix DH tires. I always use metal Park Tool tire levers. I hate those plastic ones. They work one time before they bend or break.
    My XC setup is hard to put on too. Azonic Outlaws with Kenda Tubeless tires.
     
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    what are these tire lever things? I've always used my hands
     
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    Your hands must be way stronger than mine. That must mean you spend WAY more time alone than I do.
     
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    I hated those rims!!! Everyone I knew was aware of how much difficulty I was having - I couldn't give them away!
     
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    Oh, I know....
     
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    There isn't much to do in Pennsylvania besides masturbate and change your tires.
     
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  32. spocomptonrider

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    These tire levers kick ass,

    I've mounted many a tire on Rhyno-Lites and 5.1d's and have yet to break one, I have broken every other plastic lever I have used at least once
     
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    change some moto tires and you will relish MTB change overs
     
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    i have never had a problem i use one plastic tire lever, just need to be smarter than the rim and tire
     
  35. Dartman

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    Sometimes it does take a superhero....



    :rofl:
     
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    Beefier levers just let you do more damage. Learn how to change a tire.
     
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    Sheesh its 2010 and people are still having trouble changing bicycle tires?
     
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    I agree but sometimes you need the big lever for last 2" of the beed.

    95% of tires should go on with no tools.
     
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    you seem to have neglected the influx of emo type people into the mountain biking world. Have you seen the toothpicks they have for arms?