6 simple tips for fitting difficult tyres
Fitting a tyre to your rim can occasionally cause you grief. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get a tyre onto a rim without success. Luckily there are a few simple tricks that can help fit even the most difficult tyres onto your bike.
These simple tips will help get you back on the road again.
- Be sure to place the tyre bead in the centre of the rim since the circumference at that point will be smaller.
- Once your tyre is almost all the way on, place the wheel at your feet and then use your thumbs to press the bead of the tyre into the rim all the way around to the bottom. You will need to do this with both hands at the same time starting from the top of the wheel so that when you reach the bottom of the tyre all you need to do is lift the remaining portion of the tyre over the rim.
- Fit the part of the tyre with the valve last as doing this first can cause your tyre's fit to be tighter than it needs to.
- If you are using rim tape, double check that the tape you are using isn't too thick. Consider replacing it with thinner tape.
- Tyres can be difficult to fit during the cold of winter. If possible, fit your tyres in a nice warm room. You may be pleasantly surprised by how a change in environment can help get your tyres onto your wheel more easily.
- Consider lubricating the tyre bead with warm soapy water to help the tyre to slip onto the rim with ease.
- Use a pair of tyre levers to help guide the tyre onto the rim.
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