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Halfords....
#11
Avoid tyre levers when refitting, they are likely to pinch the tube, creating a long type of tear. Forgive me if I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs, but fit most of the tyre, leaving it unfitted at about 12 o'clock, then at the 6 o'clock point give the tyre a squeeze so that it pops off of the bead and into the channel of the rim, pull it round so that the slackest point is now at the top. This will make it loose enough to allow you to squeeeeze the unfitted bit of tyre on without using levers.
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#12
Fair doos!!

I really struggled by hand for ages before resorting to the levers.  I'd done the other wheel / tyre without any hassle and it was just the 2nd one, as it was a right stubborn b*tch so I resorted to the levers!!  An bingo, it popped on!
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#13
"alkali" Wrote:Avoid tyre levers when refitting, they are likely to pinch the tube, creating a long type of tear. Forgive me if I'm teaching my granny to suck eggs, but fit most of the tyre, leaving it unfitted at about 12 o'clock, then at the 6 o'clock point give the tyre a squeeze so that it pops off of the bead and into the channel of the rim, pull it round so that the slackest point is now at the top. This will make it loose enough to allow you to squeeeeze the unfitted bit of tyre on without using levers.

I would love to see you do that with my 29er Crests and a Maxxis Crossmark 29!  Big Grin
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#14
I hardly ever use levers anymore. but yes, the right technique is all very well and good, but there are some tyre / rim combos that are utter pigs
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#15
Pete in the bike dept at halfords ashford is sound and real bike savvy he's the real tall dude with brown hair, iv riden bmx with him for a few years, a few years ago now  Big Grin
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#16
"alkali" Wrote:I hardly ever use levers anymore. but yes, the right technique is all very well and good, but there are some tyre / rim combos that are utter pigs
I was hoping you were going to offer to give it a go. We could video it...with a stopwatch etc.
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#17
Sometimes I think a calender would be more appropriate than a stop watch
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