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It's eay emough and there is no chrome to chip off. Some people use the plastic rim protectors when using tyre irons.
 

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I have always used rim protectors so as not to mar the rim... of course, I have now reached the age I take the wheel off and take it to the shop and let them do the hard part
 

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To me the hard part is dismounting and mounting the front tire. I finally had to give up on replacing the front tire on my bike and took it to a shop. The rear wasn't hard to change, but the front was so stiff that I feared damaging the rim or tire.
 

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if you are going to do this yourself, a bead breaker also helps. A trick I have used to do this is to place the bottom of a jack at the bead and use the jacks pressure to break the bead BUT!!!!!! be careful as the jack may fly out. As I mentioned earlier, it is worth the 10-15 bucks (oh God, not the deer alert thing again) to have a shop do it and balance the tire.
 

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I have a nice large bench vise which works fine for breaking the bead on bike tires. Does the job smoothly and quickly.
 

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A large "C" clamp will work, also. 2 are even better.
 

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77GL1 wrote:
rcmatt007 wrote:
it is worth the 10-15 bucks (oh God, not the deer alert thing again) to have a shop do it and balance the tire.
10 or 15 bucks! The cheapest place around here wants $35!!!!!!!!!, wheel in hand!!
Yeah, I paid $25 plus tax to have the front tire demounted and a new one put on and I brought them the wheel. I did take off the rotors, didn't want to take a chance on someone dropping the wheel and bending a rotor. I'd recommend that to anyone who takes bare wheels in.
 

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The last time around, my bench vise broke the front bead very easily but I couldn't break the rear and wound up taking it to a dealer. Tire iron work well to R&R the tire and I always usea piece of plastic or a rag to protect the comstars.
 
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