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Old 02-02-2008, 07:08 PM
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Do any of you folks have a tire changing machine you use and like? Manual is fine.

It would be nice to be able to flip my tires over and use the new side of a knobbie with out paying $15.00 dollars every time.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:15 PM
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Would it be correct to assume you ride but don't race?
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:02 PM
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Would it be correct to assume you ride but don't race?

I ride and will have my 12 year old racing this year (I think) If he continues to pick on his little sister he may not be able to ride anymore this year
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:29 PM
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If he continues to pick on his little sister he may not be able to ride anymore this year
Isn't that what brothers do?

I guess I only brought up the racing because you don't really have a good edge if you brake harder into the corners. We do our tire changing manually and I always hate it. Hopefully somebody here can give you some good info.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:11 PM
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Where I live we are ok in the winter. in the warm dry months we have that red compacted dirt that is like cement and it rips tires up.

I would guess a knobbie will last 6 to 10 riding hours and then it is toast. May as well ride on the side walk at that point and finish them off.

You change your tires with hand tools? You are far tougher then I am.
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Maybe just cheaper.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:08 AM
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Manually changing your tyres is fairly tough, but once you've got the nack of it it doesn't take that long.

The secret is to get the tyre edges to sit in the center (deepest part) of the rim at one 'end' of the wheel so that the tyre at the opposite 'end' of the wheel is given enough slack to pop off the rim.

The best way to 'dislodge' the old tyre from the rim is (and this sounds more brutal than it is...) to fully deflate the tyre and lay the wheel on it's side. Make sure that any tyre grips have been loosened on the wheel then use a curved spade on the tyre edge very close to the rim to gently press the tyre inwards off the rim all the way round on both sides of the wheel. At this point you should be able to use your hands to manipulate one side if the tyre deeper into the rim at one 'end' of the wheel giving you a bit of slack at the opposite 'end' to get a couple of tyre levers in and carefully work the tyre off the rim.

Getting the new tyre onto the rim is just the same in reverse... without the spade.

Do two or three changes a week and pretty soon you'll be able to rip a phone book in half with your bare hands!
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:40 AM
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if you want a tire changer cheap go here www.harborfreight.com,they have tire changers and they are cheap! i have my own tire changer machine and it is universal (bought it at an auction $800) i can change car,bikes,atvs and even my brothers monsterous 39.5's for his dodge ram on it... so if you want jus to do atv and motorcycle tires go to Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices and buy one! they also have cheap tools and you know how you buy cheap tools and they dont last well there tools last and they are also lifetime warranty! i personally have alot of there had tools,but only buy snap on air tools..
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:54 AM
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I will NOT be tearing any phone books in half! What an anamal

Check out the portable tire changer Harbor Freight Tools

Looks like they have a MOTORCYCLE TIRE CHANGER ATTACHMENT on page two.

Now we just need to find a few people who have used these things.

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