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Old 12th March 2018, 10:50 PM
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Lads there is a serious lack of options to get tyres fitted up here in the northern wastes (south Donegal). My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them.

How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit, as I was thinking of getting a rig for it? Alternately, does anyone up here have any recommendations for where ye get yours done?

Some of my wheels are tubed but I think all of the rims will take tubeless.

I have all the tyres already.
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:13 PM
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IMO get it done by someone who knows what they're doing. I'd even travel to the right place, but that's just me who knows SFA. Wheels/tyre are important to have right!
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by scorpy
Lads there is a serious lack of options to get tyres fitted up here in the northern wastes (south Donegal). My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them.

How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit, as I was thinking of getting a rig for it? Alternately, does anyone up here have any recommendations for where ye get yours done?

Some of my wheels are tubed but I think all of the rims will take tubeless.

I have all the tyres already.

I was at WSB Donington last year, this is how the Pirelli boys were balancing tyres for the riders. very simple
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by scorpy
My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them.
Balancing them is very easy. A pair of axle stands, a few weights and a
medium-sized planet.

Tip: If you don't have weights available, you can use a few coins
and double-sided tape to check the wheel balance. The mass of
Euro coins is specified within very tight limits. 2.30g for 1c up to
8.5g for Ä2. Once you know how much weight you need, you can
buy some from the local friendly tyre shop.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_coins

How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit....
Not too difficult. You need something to break down the tyre bead.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/homemade...-tire-changer/

You will need a few tyre levers and some plastic rim protectors. I got some
medium size levers from the local army surplus store. I use strips of plastic
from milk bottles to protect the rims. If you want to make some fancy ones,
cut off a few short lengths of reinforced garden hose and then split them lengthways.

as I was thinking of getting a rig for it?
I can't justify the cost and storage space for a proper wheel
changer. I would only use it once or twice a year. A long length
of timber stuck in a hole in the garden wall does the job for me.

I have all the tyres already.
Get to it then. Take your time. Don't apply much force to the
tyre levers. If you have to push, you are doing it wrong.
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Old 12th March 2018, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Confusion
Balancing them is very easy. A pair of axle stands, a few weights and a
medium-sized planet.

Tip: If you don't have weights available, you can use a few coins
and double-sided tape to check the wheel balance. The mass of
Euro coins is specified within very tight limits. 2.30g for 1c up to
8.5g for Ä2. Once you know how much weight you need, you can
buy some from the local friendly tyre shop.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_coins



Not too difficult. You need something to break down the tyre bead.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/homemade...-tire-changer/

You will need a few tyre levers and some plastic rim protectors. I got some
medium size levers from the local army surplus store. I use strips of plastic
from milk bottles to protect the rims. If you want to make some fancy ones,
cut off a few short lengths of reinforced garden hose and then split them lengthways.



I can't justify the cost and storage space for a proper wheel
changer. I would only use it once or twice a year. A long length
of timber stuck in a hole in the garden wall does the job for me.



Get to it then. Take your time. Don't apply much force to the
tyre levers. If you have to push, you are doing it wrong.
Sound, great answers.
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Old 13th March 2018, 09:21 AM
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Yeah, it's definitely a job you can do yourself. It can be a bit of a back breaker, but if you warm the tyre up before fitting it, it'll make half the work of it. Get long levers too. MC Garage on Youtube have a video on it that's worth a watch.

Oh, to remove the tyre from the bead, I use a trolley jack and some straps.
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Old 13th March 2018, 10:38 AM
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Kick stand goes for a nice bead breaker too :)

You can also get yourself one of these inexpensive tools from amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Professiona...70_&dpSrc=srch

Some irons and you'll be golden!
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Old 13th March 2018, 10:59 AM
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Kick stand goes for a nice bead breaker too.
But the wheel is off the bike.
I have an Abba bead breaker, works great. You can get them for ~70 squids
Remove break disks; its easy to bend them when changing tyres.
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Old 13th March 2018, 11:22 AM
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fitting tires can be pain in the ass sometimes but balancing is is very easy and can be done at home without any special tools.
Take a look on this video (somewhere half thru video he is balancing wheel):
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Old 13th March 2018, 03:06 PM
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Got this advice when asking about doing it over here (Canada...cold!). Keep the tires inside overnight first to allow them heat up and soften a bit. Might not make as much of a difference back home, but wouldn't do any harm. I ended up finding a place to do them cheap so can't help with the rest of it, but I did look at a few options for stands etc. Can't remember too many details, but the long handle-type things you use to remove the tyre (which apparently make or break the home-tyre-changing experience) seemed wildly expensive for what they are.
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Old 13th March 2018, 04:25 PM
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Hope this helps.

http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html
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Old 13th March 2018, 06:12 PM
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Declan Quinn in Dungloe will do it if itís not too far for ya,
Garden and bike 95 22382
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Old 14th March 2018, 07:03 AM
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Slightly off topic - what do you lads use to take the crap off your tyres? Fairly sure mine could do with a clean
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Old 14th March 2018, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by bandit_eile
Slightly off topic - what do you lads use to take the crap off your tyres? Fairly sure mine could do with a clean
Fu#k her into a corner and grind it off
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Old 14th March 2018, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by patmck
Declan Quinn in Dungloe will do it if itís not too far for ya,
Garden and bike 95 22382
Cheers. I'm smack in the middle of Drumshambo and Dungloe but at least Drumshambo is on the way to somewhere!
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Old 15th March 2018, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Jonjo
Fu#k her into a corner and grind it off

lol top class answer
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