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 Post subject: Fapping Tyres
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:35 am 
Posh Mark
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As summer is well and truley over I decided to change my tyres on my Caldera over from semi slicks to some Porc re issues.

Now I have been riding for the best part of 20 years in some form or another (I'm 27) and know how to change a tyre. But funk me............


This was the result of trying to fit the front tyre.....the levers are Park tools:

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:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:


The rear tyre had to be fitted with this:

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Much easier - doubt Mrs LMTTM would see it like that :roll: :lol:


Is it just me or have other folk experienced surch frustration?


I can absolutley add that this was not ham fisted Mark - he's reserved for special occassions! :lol: :lol:

Finished product;

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:44 am 
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You're not alone, I have one pair of slicks are an absolute arse to fit. Oddly enough one is worse than the other and I have one rim it just won't go on without serious effort, so I avoid that combination if I can.

Guess it shows that even tiny variations in manufacturing tolerances can make huge differences.

I've been using dessert spoons as tyre levers since I was about 8 or 9 when at home, it saves busted plastic ones and honestly, in 30 years I've never found a purpose made tool that works as well. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:49 am 
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washing up liquid can help a bit .


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:22 pm 
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cchris2lou wrote:
washing up liquid can help a bit .


Yup, works a treat :wink:

I wrecked 3 levers and 2 MILK LEVERS with some Schwarble tyres recently! 1hr to change 2 tyres :evil:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:28 pm 
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Pickle wrote:
1hr to change 2 tyres :evil:


Yep. that was about the time I spent too - Looked a mixture of these afterwards >>> :evil: :twisted: :oops: :shock:


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without wanting to delve into the murky depths of a tyre lever conversation...

...i think park tyre levers are rubbish.

i use those old tricolor ones you got in bike shops in the 80's - much better.

retro down to the tyre levers.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:31 pm 
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The steel Park workshop items are excellent for really tough combinations. There's also a trick using a vice - not ideal for out on the trail/road though...


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:03 pm 
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Can't remember the porcs being that tight when i fitted them :?
I did recently end with a huge blister on my thumb fitted some tyres to some stupidly tight rim though.

(i notice in your frustration, you didn't line up logos/valves) :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:11 pm 
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P20 wrote:
(i notice in your frustration, you didn't line up logos/valves) :lol:


They are.....runs down stairs to check........ :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

Rim sticker and tyre decal.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:05 pm 
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letmetalktomark wrote:
P20 wrote:
(i notice in your frustration, you didn't line up logos/valves) :lol:


They are.....runs down stairs to check........ :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

Rim sticker and tyre decal.

Lol. Fairs do's. What wheels are they?


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