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post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 05:19 PM
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Installed and balanced front and rear tires on my Thunderbird Sport today. No issues at all, other than some effort to break the beads during dismounting. Before attempting the Rocket 3 or Goose Touring, I am going to be looking at a bead breaker and maybe the Harbor Freight set up. Regardless, my spoons and balancer paid for themselves this afternoon.....

The HF Bead Breaker is fantastic! Wish I had one years ago. Worth every penny - and it's not many. I think it was $30

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I admire those who change their own tires quite a lot, though I tried one a few years ago and immediately became a fan of providing employment for others.
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Went to an auto store, asked the kid where the tyre irons were. This way he says and points to the item. That's a wheel brace I said. We have always called it a tyre iron he said. Well, you have always been wrong I told him.

Went to another store. Grumpy old English guy in attendance. I asked him for tyre irons. Over there he said, pointing to exactly what I wanted. Would rather have a grumpy old guy, who knows what a tyre iron is, Than a polite young kid, who does not.

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The HF Bead Breaker is fantastic! Wish I had one years ago. Worth every penny - and it's not many. I think it was $30

You guys and your fancy tools.
A 2x4 and a hinge.....and it doesn't take up floor space. Or can be used as kindling and replaced when the next tire job comes along.

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You guys and your fancy tools.
A 2x4 and a hinge.....and it doesn't take up floor space. Or can be used as kindling and replaced when the next tire job comes along.

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Yes, good idea. I alluded to it in post number 10. Now you have provided a pic.
Once upon a time the ISDT riders, had to remove the rear tyre from their bike, and put it back on, with the tools they carried on the bike.

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Yes, good idea. I alluded to it in post number 10. Now you have provided a pic.
Once upon a time the ISDT riders, had to remove the rear tyre from their bike, and put it back on, with the tools they carried on the bike.

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Before I had to change radials, I just jumped on the tire and somehow they magically broke loose. Six ply knobbies can be a workout.
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Yes, good idea. I alluded to it in post number 10. Now you have provided a pic.
Once upon a time the ISDT riders, had to remove the rear tyre from their bike, and put it back on, with the tools they carried on the bike.

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I think if you couldn't do it it in under 5 minutes it was considered too slow .
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I think if you couldn't do it it in under 5 minutes it was considered too slow .

I thought I broken some type of record with two tires in the same day.........Damn......
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Yes, good idea. I alluded to it in post number 10. Now you have provided a pic.

Right you are, I missed that.
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I think if you couldn't do it it in under 5 minutes it was considered too slow .

I spend that long thinking "where to hell did I leave that board?" And the truck????
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