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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:54 pm 
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If you start at the valve, it will hold that part of the tire out of the center channel and make it that much harder to get it on. If you don't believe me check out the instructions on the internet at such places as Park tools.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:12 pm 
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seandonovan wrote:
ccie1115 wrote:
10-15 seconds in microwave...works wonder; except when you're out on the road


Or you have wire beads...



he he he I might have to pull out the old wire bead mondos that came on my 2006 specialized allez and give that a try!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:15 pm 
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yourdaguy wrote:
If you start at the valve, it will hold that part of the tire out of the center channel and make it that much harder to get it on. If you don't believe me check out the instructions on the internet at such places as Park tools.


I push the valve up into the tire so the beads there can drop to the lowest part of the rim. It works fine for me.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Velo plugs make a huge difference in ease of installation. Also probably the cheapest weight savings you can buy


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:09 pm 
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Plus 1 for the Veloplugs. Better than even the thinnest rim tape.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:57 am 
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The wheels actually came with veloplugs, black ones, that kept falling out when mounting the tire. Needless to say I had to revert back to strips, which probably made fitting the tires harder. I'll have to get the correct plug size next time.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:15 am 
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Some good info in this thread

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100427


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:08 am 
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My Veloflex were a nightmare to get onto my C-4 rims, so I fitted them without tubes, then over the course of a few days I accelerated the stretching process a little with some cable ties wedged under the bead.

Now they are fine, still tight but I would rather that than too loose

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:30 am 
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If your veloplugs are so loose that they fall out, they'll also pince latex (or fly weight butyl) tubes.

A layer of electrical tape (on top of the veloplugs) fixed that issue for me. The electrical tape is very thin and very light.

GJ


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:04 am 
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I have old gipiemme 416 rims and mounting is also impossible. seeing as though they're tough heavy rims my number 1 recommendation is a screw driver works all the time.
my other trick is using wd40 on my chain for lube....imagine walking into ya lbs and telling em this is what you do ha ha.
I honestly do this


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:56 am 
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Thanks GJ, Ive now taped my plugs in place...I mounted a tire without the tube and rim strip and it miles easier. I think the conti strip I used must be only for double-wall rims and was making it way too squeezy. Im not as disheartened about the whole situation now.

Thanks everyone for the help, even those that recommended screwdrivers and WD40! :shock: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:19 pm 
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Apparently this thing works well... never used it though: http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Be ... B001AYML7K


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If the tires are new, throw them in the clothes dryer to heat them up for a few minutes then stretch the bead. They will glide on.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:04 am 
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Apparently this thing works well... never used it though: http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Be ... B001AYML7K" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


It definitively works well. Saves your thumbs and hands from undue abuse.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:12 am 
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Several years ago when there was only one size of Veloplugs I tapted them in place and I use lates tubes. There was a small space that the Veloplugs did not cover ( I am talking an eyelash of thickness) and the latex tubes eventually migrated into this space and blew. Just for your information; not sure it applies to you.

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