Hey guys. Spent several hours reading the various tire threads. My original Dunlops are really acting weird now with 6500 on them althogh the back still has plenty of tread. My riding is pretty tame - mostly commuting back and forth to work. Throw in a distinct lack of any twisties, canyons or mountains in Central Florida, and I have decided to go with the Shinkos. Should be plenty good enough for me. Front AND rear for 185 from Bike Bandit, free shipping and no tax I am guessing. One local dealer wanted 75 to mount and balance both tires if I bring the rims and tires to him. Seems kinda high? Is that a decent price? 15 dollars extra if he supplies the tires. ["fresh" ones he says]....
Seems kinda high to ME!
...I am tempted to do it myself and if I understand correctly, with dyna beads you just pour them in and that takes care of the balancing completely?...
Not QUITE. Sometimes they will 'bridge' in the funnel or plastic line from the funnel to the valve stem, and you can EITHER tap-tap-tap the stem with a screwdriver to get them to un-bridge, or (what I do now...) take an air-blower and give a 'burst' of air, which'll force the beads to go in.
...Just how much time might it take me to wrestle them off /on, best case scenario? Is it as bad as many claim or does the make of the tire being mounted really make a big difference?...
Be sure to have your tires (old AND new) warmed by sitting in the sun. I USUALLY get a tire off and new one on inside of 20 minutes. Be SURE to use plenty of lube for BOTH tires-off, then new ones on.
YES - the brand of tire CAN make a difference in the amount of work required!
IF you seem to need excessive pressure to 'seat' the bead, more-than-likely there's not enough lube. (In a pinch you can use WD40 - I have, several times.)
...OR... since I am getting off light compared to most other brands of tire, and what a lot of you have paid, should I just cough up the money and save myself the grief?
Use the $ you would have spent to acquire the necessary tools to change your own, and pretty soon you're WAY ahead of the game!