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may I get some advice on installing tires and tube?(6 posts)

may I get some advice on installing tires and tube?ef
Apr 29, 2001 6:40 PM
I have been riding bikes for almost almost 5 years, everytime I change the inner tubes I get so frustrated. I was ok with changing tubes on my mountain bike since it is not as tight. But for my road bike, it just gets too difficult. Removing and installing the tube is a pain. Are there any secrets behind installing road tire/tube? right now, I am just using the regular tire levers. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
re: may I get some advice on installing tires and tube?LBS Guy
Apr 29, 2001 6:51 PM
I work at the LBS here and have to change tubes and tires for people all day long i understand the problem, really you just have to get used to it, and never use the tire levers to install the tire only to remove it, also a lil tip, if you have presta tubes, unscrew the cap of the new tube and inflate it with you mouth as much as you can, dont turn blue in the face, but get some air in the tube, put one side of the tire on the rim, insert the valve stem in the rim then the tube all the way around, the start beading the other side of the tire start oppisite of the valve stem on the rim. hope this helps some,
Later
I find that...WCC
Apr 29, 2001 6:59 PM
...using some baby powder/talcum on the tube helps alot. I get half of the bead on the rim, half off. Work the valve in 1st, which is kinda tricky. Then work the tube(inflated slightly) and bead in all the way around, probably using a lever at the end to help. Just make sure the tube isn't twisted or it will go bam upon inflation.
Crank Brothers Speed Lever12x23
Apr 30, 2001 2:41 AM
Works way better than tire levers. At least this has been my experience.
re: may I get some advice on installing tires and tube?DERICK
Apr 30, 2001 6:22 AM
It does help to put some air in the tube before you start. You should also keep letting air back out as you get more of the bead on the rim. That will help with the tightness. It also helps to use the smallest tubes you can.
Definitely use the smallest tubes you can find.boy nigel
Apr 30, 2001 6:42 AM
Rather than a 700x25 tube, use a 700x18-23 tube (smaller, if you can find without using a 650cc model, of course--unless you HAVE 650s, that is). This is very helpful to putting in tubes. A (very) little air in the tube (so it doesn't pinch under the tire's bead) will also help. Some folks use talc as well. This helped me with a really tough tire a while back.

Good luck.