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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-29-2017, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Why would anyone want to change their own tires? Isnít it hard work that usually involves at least one bleeding knuckle? Donít the tools cost a small fortune when you consider that shops only charge about 25 bucks for the service? Well, some riders donít live within a few miles of a bike shop. And some folks, well, theyíve always got to do things themselves.

The good news is that, overworked sweat glands aside, changing tires is relatively easy Ė once you have the right tools. All you really need is a bead breaker, a set of tire irons, some dish soap, and a tire balancing stand.

Begin with your bike on front and rear stands. Once youíve removed a wheel, unscrew the valve core with a valve stem tool. After the tire has finished its lengthy sigh, place your wheel on an old tire or other work surface. Whatever support you use, you want to make sure the wheel is not resting on a brake disc while youíre working on the bead. Discs bend all too easily and are quite expensive.
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Get a No Mar..its the best money I ever spent.
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Agreed. Trying to do it with just irons is tough work. I had a cheaper manual tire machine, still too much work. NoMar manual tire changers work great.
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I recently ruined an otherwise perfectly good tire installing it. Getting old tires off is easy. The hard part is spooning on that last bead without damaging the tire. Also tried the zip tie method. Nothing goes as seamless as those videos suggest. Found a local guy with a no mar machine that will install and balance for $17.50CDN. It's not worth it to me to change my own tires. I might feel differently if I used tube type tires which are considerably easier to change. The No Mar machines flip the bead over the rim without applying too much pressure, in under 30 seconds.

I think motorcycle stores should start putting a no mar machine in a corner for use by customers. Maybe charge $5 a tire for machine use. They'd pay for it in a week.
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Having a bead breaker base & a NoMar bar helps to keep me in pizza and ice cream.
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I think motorcycle stores should start putting a no mar machine in a corner for use by customers. Maybe charge $5 a tire for machine use. They'd pay for it in a week.

the only problem with your idea is that they almost all already have one in the shop, and they charge between $50 and $150 to mount tires so there is no reason for them to lose money by letting customers use it themselves.

I bought a No Mar CH200 for $650.00 and a Marc Parnes balancer for $100.00...not cheap at all....but I go through 2 sets of tires a year, and my son goes through 1.... so it will pay for itself very quickly.

I also have many friends with bikes who I allow to utilize the machine, ( what are friends for) ...it really was a great purchase.

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The problem with a shop having a machine would be that the techs would have to(read:have demanded)give advice and hold the customers hands and essentially do the work for the (non)service. Not all, but more than not. My opinion is if I can't "do it myself" I'll have to pay someone who can or ultimately learn it for myself. It's what makes the world ($$$) go 'round!

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