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Help! I can't mount my #%$@^$& tire!!!

alexis_the_tiny2012-07-07 19:18:34 +0000 #1
Tire in question, 650CC Conti Gatorskins. Not the foldable kind. Somehow, I can't mount those darn things. The guy at my bike shop can, but I can't. What am I doing wrong? Dude told me to start pushing them in with my palms and thumbs from the valve part of the rim and I'm gold. But, it doesn't work. It keeps popping out somewhere else when I try to force it into the rim. I don't mind breaking a nail but something tells me that this tire will probably end in a ripped out fingernail...
Biciclista2012-07-07 19:24:12 +0000 #2
I would just take it to the LBS... and pay them.. and walk away happy..
ny biker2012-07-07 19:26:25 +0000 #3
Wahine2012-07-07 19:58:29 +0000 #4
Two tricks to try. Wet the edge of the tire a bit. Mount the tire first at the valve stem with you standing and the lower edge of the rim on the floor. As you work the tire on, also push the tire down on the rim towards the floor. This should work some slack into the system such that by the time you get to the last bit you can pick the wheel up, wedge the close edge into your hip crease and roll the tire on by pushing away from you using the heels of your hands.

Hope that helps.
Hartmame2012-07-07 20:11:32 +0000 #5
I was just having this problem with a Conti contact sport I finally used two quick sticks and was able to get it on but then I couldn't get it to seat properly. When I asked around I kept hearing ...use water or windex on the bead?
azfiddle2012-07-07 19:37:19 +0000 #6
I had a problem with a new tire last fall. I spent 30 minutes being frustrated and took it to the shop. Took the mechanic about one minute. No charge, though I would have happily paid.

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