I got a flat just as we rolled into Missoula and we decided to make a little instructional video out of it. I share some tube patching secrets and wrestle on the TIGHT Brompton tire on and win….just barely : )
Nice little video, with a few nifty tips. Always another trick to pick up. Thx for preparing & posting!
I read this tip about putting on the tyre. He says to start opposite the valve and finish at the valve. He says this lets the tyre ease into the dropped center of the rim, giving you more wiggle room at the valve. I tried it and I agree it’s easier.
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Well, I hope you don’t get the opportunity to try this for a very long time!
Here’s a hint to deal with a tight tire. I keep a few velcro straps in my kit, or you can use pieces of string or whatever. Put the strap on the valve side of the tire around the rim and tire) and put a couple more at 3 and 9 from there. This will move the slack down so you can easily (or at a minimum easier) slip the tire over the rim without working so hard. And who can’t use a few velcro straps on a tour.
Awesome job Russ. We’ve all fought the good fight against a extra snug tire. Since you’ve earned your beer for the evening you might try the rhino bar (75 beers on tap…last time I was there) or the iron horse brewery.
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Hope next time you will understand better how exactly you should “massage” the tire. As written above you should slip the cable in tire edge into middle of rim where the rim in much deeper. So it gives you more lenght on your side for overcoming the edge of rim. Looks as you not really know it on video 🙂
I teach this trick to new brompton owners in my folding bike shop . Also it is exactly same critical trick in getting the tire off. I have seen couple damaged tires with naked wires after sweeping their edge with tire lever 🙁
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Great video! I’ve never tried doing that with the tire on the bike…but I can hardly wait till my next flat to give it a try. Also, I’ve never been very successful with patches. I see now I’ve not been sanding as carefully or burnishing the patch as I should have been. Thanks, Jack
I am no longer able to watch your videos on a mobile device (“no mobile version”). Is there a way to get around this problem?
Use technique, not force!
The key to getting the bead over the last section of rim is to squeeze both beads together and into the deepest part of the rim 180 degrees OPPOSITE that spot and working slack around in both directions. Always make this spot 90 degrees away from the valve stem to insure getting the beads in the center dish (and therefore the smallest diameter part of the wheel). After a lifetime of struggle (and mangling tires, tubes and rims with tire levers), I learned this trick at a adventure motorcycling workshop where we learned to mount and dismount much stiffer motorcycle tires with bare hands, not tire levers.
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