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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here tried this, or even heard of it?

After I found this video, I remembered hearing about this method many moons ago, even before the interwebs.

Going to try this on mine soon, instead of looking for rim protectors, I'll just get some big zip ties.

Whatcha think?

How to mount motorcycle tire with zipties 1:52
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Never really had a problem mounting tires, so not sure what the big difference is.

Nowadays I use the 3-10 method. I take the wheel off the bike, give it to the guy at the dealership along with 3 ten dollar bills and without muss or fuss my new tire gets mounted, balanced and even get the old tire disposed of properly and all I have to do is put it back on the bike.

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If you hit a few of the videos in the sidebar and watch people mounting tires at home, you'll quickly see what the difference is.

For those of us inclined to do it ourselves, this looks far quicker and easier. I mean, the guy mounts the tire in a minute and fifty two seconds without tools, without scratching the wheel, and he's taking the time to tell about it while doing so.

Looks like it costs a buck or two in zip ties and a penny's worth of soap.

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I just mounted a tire on mine using flat bars... I might try zip ties next tine for comparison

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If you hit a few of the videos in the sidebar and watch people mounting tires at home, you'll quickly see what the difference is.

For those of us inclined to do it ourselves, this looks far quicker and easier. I mean, the guy mounts the tire in a minute and fifty two seconds without tools, without scratching the wheel, and he's taking the time to tell about it while doing so.

Looks like it costs a buck or two in zip ties and a penny's worth of soap.
Very valid & excellent point !

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Right at the end of the video, I think I heard him say he does it on dismounting too. So that will be the first thing I try, just as soon as I can get the bead broken.

I'm gonna bite on the front tire first, should be easiest.

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I always used C-clamps and tire irons. Lighter fluid to inflate (or gas when on the road). never a problem. But I can see how this would help the uninitiated. Thinking too, on a rear tire, 6 ties instead of 4 wouldda made the job easier.



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I always used C-clamps and tire irons. Lighter fluid to inflate (or gas when on the road). never a problem. But I can see how this would help the uninitiated. Thinking too, on a rear tire, 6 ties instead of 4 wouldda made the job easier.
Makes sense ! ..It never crossed my mind...6 not 4.

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I always used C-clamps and tire irons. Lighter fluid to inflate (or gas when on the road). never a problem. But I can see how this would help the uninitiated. Thinking too, on a rear tire, 6 ties instead of 4 wouldda made the job easier.

Unitiated? Not quite. I've busted down many semi tires in my lifetime, along with farm tractor, mc, and atv tires. I'd just as soon have an easier, quicker way that doesn't risk scratching the wheel, all without tire irons, spoons, or hammers.

Think I'll put on my three piece suit and do a video of mounting a tire with zip ties.

Starting fluid has been my choice for bead seating stubborn 22" tires.

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I wonder if having them zip tied down like that makes them difficult to get the beads caught enough to hold pressure and seat.
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