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Frustration(8 posts)

Jul 25, 2001 6:33 PM
Hey, I'm new to these boards, but I just was wondering about a little
piece of repair advice. I've just gotten into road riding in the last year so please bear with me.

I have a pretty old Cannondale bike and I needed to get a pair of new tires. So I went out and got the Continental Ultra-Gator tires. Now on my mountain bike I have changed tires or inner tubes plenty of times and it doesn't take me too long, but with these road tires I just barely can't do it. On my old road tires whenever I had to change a tube, I could do it with difficulty, but now with these new tires I can't do it at all. I know how to change the tires (same idea as mtb, right?) but I just don't have enough strength or skill to get the tire on. If you guys have any pointers about how you've changed your tires, please inform me.
re: FrustrationMrCelloBoy
Jul 25, 2001 6:39 PM
Road tires, especially Kevlar bead ones on aero rims, can be a bear. I usually use a tire iron to get one side onto the rim.
Make sure that the bead of the side already on is pulled towards the center of the rim for the most slack, then just work it around until the last bit. Sometimes I even need a tire iron for that step, but the skilled folks can do this with the heels for their hands.
Common with new tires...DINOSAUR
Jul 25, 2001 7:18 PM
When road tires are new, especially the one's with kevlar bead they can be a bear to put on the first time. I avoid using tire irons as they can pinch the tube. Use patience and do one side at a time, the last couple of inches are the hardest. After you have the tire mounted, then carefully check to make sure that the bead is inside the rim all the way around, and that the tube is inside of the tire and not protruding anywhere. Then put in about forty pounds of air or so, then deflate it to around ten pounds. You might hear a couple of popping sounds if you had any kinks in the tube. Then carefully rotate the wheel, tapping the tire on the floor/ground to double check that it is mounted. Then pump it up to max psi, and you are set. You might want to practice a few times in your garage to get the hang of it, practice makes perfect....
Conti's can be tough toopeloton
Jul 25, 2001 8:11 PM
I have found on some rims that Continental tires can be a beast to get on the rim. They do get a little better after they have been ridden on for a while.
re: Frustrationdavidl
Jul 26, 2001 4:10 AM
It is hard to get on. Just take your time and ease the tire on with tire irons. I've got that tire on my bike - it's a good tire.
re: FrustrationReinbag
Jul 26, 2001 7:07 AM
Yeah, well I did use the tire lever a little bit. I almost broke it in half though, trying to get the tire on. My god, this was a lot harder then any tire change I've done before (even on a road bike). And I'm still a few inches away.
yet another advantage for tubulars!Rusty McNasty
Jul 26, 2001 8:52 AM
The tightest tubulars I have ever mounted were contis, but I had neglected to stretch them, first. Even so. I WAS able to push it on with just my thumbs and fingers. I mounted some Specialized Turbo Armadillos on my touring bike last spring, and nearly needed a prybar! I actually used a small pipe as a cheater bar over one of my tire irons to mount it. Only a good quality tire iron was able to stand up to that king of leverage. A little bit of soapy water helped, too. Some people say that talcum powder helps, but really it just keeps the tube from sticking.
Crank Brothers speed levers
Jul 26, 2001 9:28 AM
Go and get yourself a Crank Bros. speed lever. I can change any tire no matter how tough the bead or tight clearance very easily. It basically works like putting a car tire on and is very easy to use. It only costs about 8 bucks and fits very easily in your jersey pocket.