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Problem mounting a tiremgolebiewski
May 14, 2003 1:34 PM
I got a new bike recently (Lemond Buenos Aires 03). The wheel set are the Bontranger Selects.

I went to change the tires out for something a little more rain tolerant and had a very hard time getting the tire back on (the same was true for trying to put the stock tire back on as well). I could not get the tire on the rim at all wo/ tire levers, and even with levers I had to push pretty hard.

Is this normal? On my old wheels I could put the tire on by hand. I had to use levers to pull off the tire, but they always went on with no problem.
Varies with rim and tireKerry
May 14, 2003 4:33 PM
The spoke bed diameter of some rims is larger than others (independent of tire seat diameter) and this is what makes a tire hard to mount. However, some tires mount more easily than others, and finally if you have a thick rim strip, that can make for tough mounting. Other tires may mount more easily on these rims. Also, new tires mount harder than those that have been on the rim for a while.
re: Problem mounting a tirechipnseal
May 14, 2003 6:36 PM
An easy trick is use some Windex. Get the tire on as far as you can and then give a couple of pumps of the spray on the remaining area. This works pretty well. The first time I tried it I was amazed!

A wrench at my LBS showed me and now I pass it on to you. Be well...
re: Problem mounting a tireukiahb
May 14, 2003 7:53 PM
soapy water (dishwashing soap is good)works well too...used to mount my own motorcycle tires, and it was nearly impossible w/o it
Might carry talc for roadside repairs, too...Silverback
May 15, 2003 8:25 AM
That's a pet peeve of mine. I broke a plastic lever last night putting some new Hutchinsons on my mountain bike, and I'm already dreading the 20-minute marathon by the side of the trail when I have a flat.
The soap/Windex/other slippery liquid deal works well, but it's hard to use on the road. If you carry a tablespoon or so of talcum powder (baby powder's fine) in a baggie in your seat bag, you can dust that on and make things easier.
I thought it was just mepawistik
May 20, 2003 10:52 AM
I had a heck of a time putting on some new rubber the other night. I'm glad to see there are some tips & tricks I can employ to make it easier. Like someone else said, I was dreading the eventual roadside repair while the group I just started riding with waits for me. It's one thing to have these troubles at home in the basement, but quite another to be stuck on the side of the road cursing my tires.