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Make it a bit easier to get that new tire on


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I'm one who likes to have fresh tires on my bikes rather than run them til they're going bald. But with 3 bikes in the household, it seems I end up changing tires quite often. Am I fast at it? No, but I've learned that it pays to be smarter than the tire. As most of you already know when mounting a new tire, lubing up the bead certainly helps, but here in the desert it seems that the lube (generally soapy water or WD-40) dries before I'm finished. What I've found that works much better is the lube that electricians use for pulling wire through conduit. It's thick so it doesn't make a huge mess and stays where you want it, doesn't dry too fast, but it does dry, it's water soluble, is cheap, and can be found at the big box hardware stores as well as at the electrical supply outlets. Or maybe you have a friend who's an electrician that you can mooch some from.

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I use baby powder in the dez, how does that lub work for setting the bead. Rimlocks work great but still if too much gunt you can still spin a wheel on some bikes. Always looking to try something different especially if it makes it a little easier.

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 This stuff works great! you can get by with the cheapo stuff at your 'Harry Homeowner' improvement store (but if you have a locally owned electrical supply in your town then support them - the stuff doesn't cost much). I use it on trials tires which are particularly tricky to get to seat because of the rim protector lip. Basically I smear a light coat of lube on the sidewall next to the bead (all over the rim protector lip) and then pump about 65 - 70 Lbs. into it. After a few minutes of this crazy over inflation the bead slips into place. Be sure to just use a light coat for this as you want it to eventually dry so when you let the air out to the regular pressure the bead won't pop back off.

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I have a bucket of Ascot tie non diluted tire lube (like Murphys). You can use it straight like a jell or make soapy water with it.

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