Ever get a new or different tire and have one hell of a time getting it installed on the wheel and don’t like to use tire irons? Try this:
- Get the first bead in the center of the rim. It’s usually lower (less diameter) than closer to the brake track.
- Install tube as usual.
- Start getting the second bead over the lip near valve and move it as close to the center of the rim as possible.
- Now position the wheel so it’s resting on your feet the same as installing a tubular tire. With one hand on either side of the valve stretch the tire and roll the bead on as you work your way to the opposite end of the wheel. If you stretch (pull) the tire as you work your way around, by the time you have that last couple inches to get over the lip of the brake track you should have “extra” tire to do so much more easily.
Hope this makes sense and if you’ve ever done your own tubular tire mounting picture the same technique. I was murdering my thumbs trying to get a new tire on recently and my mechanic buddy showed me this technique and with very little effort was able to get the last little bit of tire over the brake track with no tire iron. Cheers!