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Tire changing equipment

There are many web pages on changing your own tires and after having done car tires with my father-in-law, I decided it was simple enough to tackle bike tires too.

After reading around and trying to find all the equipment, I ended up buying from a guy named Jeff (website).

When I finally got around to changing the rear, the whole process went quite smoothly. He also carries a lubricant called TireQuik which made the removal and new installation very easy. The trickiest part is keeping the tire irons on the rim savers that he's included. A string on the rim savers helps for when you drop them into the tire accidentally

The balancer worked very well and the weights are pretty standard issue types of things. The fit and finish of everything is good quality and well coated. No sharp edges and relatively easy to operate. The lever arm on the bead breaker is a little stiff from being new but I'm confident that'll be a non-issue after I've changed a few tires.

While the website's instructions are a bit lacking, that didn't really matter since there is so much information on how to change tires available. On top of that, Jeff's very responsive to email questions.

Overall I like the set and for the price its hard to beat the complete setup. I promised I would try and change a car tire when the time came and indicate the strength of the bead breaker. Having seen its build I don't have much doubt about my success.

It took me about 4 hours to change my rear, from bike on stand to off stand. This includes having installed the tire in the wrong rotational direction once and balancing.

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