Tricks for mounting stubborn clinchers?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
User avatar
yourdaguy
Posts: 2206
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:25 am
Location: Southern Indiana USA
Contact:

by yourdaguy

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.
For certain parts stiffer is more important than lighter.

by Weenie


mjduct
Posts: 662
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:19 pm

by mjduct

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!!!

eric
Posts: 2196
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:47 pm
Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Contact:

by eric

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.

jdp211
Posts: 629
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:26 am

by jdp211

Velo plugs make a huge difference in ease of installation. Also probably the cheapest weight savings you can buy

User avatar
yourdaguy
Posts: 2206
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:25 am
Location: Southern Indiana USA
Contact:

by yourdaguy

Plus 1 for the Veloplugs. Better than even the thinnest rim tape.
For certain parts stiffer is more important than lighter.

HarryS
Posts: 39
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:16 pm

by HarryS

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.

PoorCyclist
Posts: 414
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:26 am
Location: California's country side

by PoorCyclist

Some good info in this thread

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=100427

Murphs
Posts: 1117
Joined: Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:04 am
Location: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

by Murphs

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

User avatar
Gearjunkie
Posts: 767
Joined: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:17 am
Location: NZ

by Gearjunkie

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

tigoose
Posts: 234
Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:23 pm
Location: Mal Born, Oz.

by tigoose

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

HarryS
Posts: 39
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:16 pm

by HarryS

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:

rruff
Shop Owner
Posts: 2194
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:12 am
Location: Alto, NM

by rruff

Apparently this thing works well... never used it though: http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Be ... B001AYML7K

User avatar
rjk8
Posts: 114
Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:05 pm
Contact:

by rjk8

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.
R.J.
Some people tune their car, I prefer to tune my bike.
http://ilcappellino.blogspot.com/

toosahn
Posts: 36
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:02 pm

by toosahn

rruff wrote: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.

by Weenie


User avatar
yourdaguy
Posts: 2206
Joined: Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:25 am
Location: Southern Indiana USA
Contact:

by yourdaguy

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.
For certain parts stiffer is more important than lighter.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post