OK, nobody else has to admit to it, but today I installed new tires for the first time, and ran into a little snag. Pilot Road 2s. Just went for a short ride, but it (of course) took me a little longer than I thought it would.
I used the "2x4 lever hinged to a bare stud" method to break the beads, worked great (worked just as well on my jeep's 35x12.5-15s, btw). Used some crappy cheap irons, and cut up an old windshield washer fluid jug to use as a rim protectors. I also used a plastic "falling wedge" (if you have fallen many trees, you will know what this is) -- worked great after the initial part of the bead was over the rim to hold the bead in place as I worked it off with the irons on either side.
Started with the rear, wrestled the original tire off, squeaked the new PR2 on, put in my plastic bbs for balance (works well, btw), and guess what?
Snag. Tire on backwards. I uttered a littany of unprintable oaths, then I got a little more practice at dismounting and mounting. The front I managed to get on the right way, however.
The bbs seem to be balancing well -- no vibration up to 150km/h.
Not a great pic of the bike, but everybody likes pics:
I am not an experienced enough rider to comment on the tires yet, an I still have to rub them in a bit. Better than the squared-off, plugged, worn-out rear that came off anyway!