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Michelin road tire question...pnitefly
Aug 6, 2002 4:52 PM
I recently had a set of hi lite prestige tires on my bike. I have changed many a tire in my time but these tires were next to impossible to put on and completely impossible to take off! I actually had to cut them off my rims! Anyway, I am thinking about getting a different set of Michelins but before I do I would like to know if anyone else has had this type of experience with Michelin tires. Continentals I can practically put them on with my bare hands. What gives?
Mix and matchKerry
Aug 6, 2002 5:35 PM
Certain tires and rims just won't work together. My experience has been that Michelins are harder to mount than Conti, but it may depend on which model of Michelin and Conti.
re: Michelin road tire question...JL
Aug 6, 2002 6:26 PM
I have had some problems (usually the last 10 inches or so) getting Axial Carbons and Axial Pros on my Vector Comp wheels. The Crank Brothers speed lever has helped. Once the tire is "stretched" I have no problems getting them on/off. Just the first time.

Like Kerry said it's always different. I can put almost any tire on my no name beater rims with my old bike. I'm thinking of trying something new when the time comes, but I like the two Michelins I've tried.

Happy riding.

re: Michelin road tire question...tarwheel
Aug 7, 2002 5:53 AM
I've used Michelin Axial Pros and Hi-Lites, and I've never had any trouble mounting or removing tires on my Open Pro rims. Do your tires have Kevlar beads or wire? I always use tires with Kevlar beads.
Being using them for years with the same problemPaul
Aug 7, 2002 7:51 AM
I know exactly what you mean, but I'll say one thing, you'll never blow them off the rim. I don't know why Michelin makes them undersize. Two things you can do outside of weight training to get them on/off.

1.when putting them on, and you're getting down to the last section, I will use my tire lever to push the tire over the rim also using your other thumb to prevent the tire from backing off the rim.

2. and this is tricky, use your lever against the rim to get it on. Have to be careful as you can cut the tube doing this. I find the first method the best.

Getting them off is easier once you break one side of the bead, and pull the tube out. Now you can use your lever. I just stand the rim on end, and push the tire over the rim.

With time, the tire will stretch and soften especially in the heat. Now winter will kill your fingers.

I have K's,heliums/open pros, and find them equally hard to get the suckers on.

If you have old rims, try pre-stretching them before actually using them. Just let it stay on the outer lip of the rim for awhile, helps a little.
re: Michelin road tire question...curlybike
Aug 7, 2002 4:02 PM
REmember, the thicker the rim tape, the harder it is to mount any given tire. Make sure that yours is as thin as possible.