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  1. #1
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    Installing new Gaterskins on my road bike.

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    So, after getting one flat after another and checking my tires, I decided it was time to buy some Gatorskins to hopefully, avoid some flats in the future. I ride on the roads for the most part with lots of broken glass, sharp gravel, the occasional syringe etc. I've had osteoarthritis in both thumbs for awhile and in the past have had a few cortisone shots in each one because of 'trigger' thumb so my hands aren't the strongest. Still, I've never had a problem changing flat tires but when it came to getting these new tires on my wheels....no way in hell could I manage it.

    Just checking if any of you have a tip for me. If not, my neighbor is a bike tech and I can take my wheels over there. I just hate feeling like I can't do something.
    Vertically challenged, but expanding my horizons.

  2. #2
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    It's not just you. They're...difficult, especially the wire-bead version.
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  3. #3
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    I use a tool like this (Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack) to get the tires on the rims, for Gatorskins and some other brands.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AYML7K/...l_443sewmx4l_e

    It's not small, but it is lightweight.

    Another good tool is the VAR tire lever, though I don't know if that's available any more in the US. It does the same thing as the Kool Stop but is smaller so it fits better in a bike bag.

    I think some other companies also make a tire lever that is designed to help you get the tire onto the wheel. Regular tire levers (made to help you get the tire off the rim) can also be used, but there's a risk of puncturing the tube.

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  4. #4
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    Thanks for the info. on this tool. I'm having my friend put the tires on my wheels, but it looks like I should purchase the tire lever just in case I end up with a flat (which I'm hoping won't happen for a long time after installing these tires!).
    Vertically challenged, but expanding my horizons.

  5. #5
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    If you can get them to install the tires, take them off, then reinstall, it will be much easier for you to work with them if you get stuck alone somewhere. Always harder when they are brand new.

    I have a similar tool. It lets you install and remove, rather than just remove.

    http://www.amazon.com/Crank-Brothers...AYB8ANX4RW5W3Z
    Last edited by Muirenn; 09-26-2014 at 09:46 AM.
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  6. #6
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    I read somewhere about putting the tires in your dryer for 10 minutes to get them to soften up.. Works great at home but doesn't help you if you get a flat on the road. Knock on wood I haven't gotten a flat with Gatorskins.
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  7. #7
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    I have used Gatorskins pretty much exclusively since I started riding- we have so many goatsheads and other thorns and debris on the roads around Tucson. I once spent 30 minutes trying to install new Gatorskis and finally drove over to the bike shop to let the shop guys do it. I recently switched to foldables- they are much easier to get on and I decided it was worth the extra $5 to be able to get them onto the rims by myself. That said, I have gotten as many as 4000 miles on a Gatorskin with ZERO flats!
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  8. #8
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    Azfiddle, I spent some time in Oro Valley last January, and within the first 3 miles of my first ride there I got a flat so I totally agree with you on your choice of tires down there.

    I had my friend install the gatorskins and if I get 4000 miles out of them I'll be in heaven!!!

    (The funny thing was, when I got the flat down there in Arizona, I was lucky to be riding with my friend who lived there because she ended up changing the flat. Due to the dry air, every time I bent over, my nose started bleeding.)
    Vertically challenged, but expanding my horizons.

  9. #9
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    I've been using those tires and love them. My husband said that he has to use all 3 standard/basic tire removal tool that comes in our kit to remove/install that tire. You have to put those 3 very close together and it works great but he did sweat a lot the first time he tried (and will not repeat the big words he said along hihi).

 

 

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