I hear ya. I pinched one for my ice race tire. So the next one I used lots of dishwashing soap and managed to not pinch the tube, but over inflated the tire trying to seat the bead...BOOM. That sucked.
I'm picking up 2 more tubes tomorrow, 'cause I also punctured another today on the ice, just as we were getting ready to race.
i freakin hate it. i am bringin these two wheels to the freakin dealer so it can get done. i hate gettin on my hands and knees trying to get this shit right. some rims are easy while others just wont budge.
I went through that. Now I've learned...lots of lube makes all the difference when it comes time to mount the new tire. The thing I hate is trying to break the bead on an old, stiff oversize tire. That can be a bitch. Especially when everything is ice cold.
Can't blame you for taking it to a shop, let them sweat it.
Last winter I bought a tire for my tractor, spent a half hour dicking around with it, finally got it mounted. Then decided to replace the other side as well, went back to buy another one and asked them how much $ for them to mount it, they said it was free if I bought the tire from them. Doh!
Mounting tires can be fun, but it depends on how horny you are....sorry. I use a lot of WD40 on the bead and the rim because I like them to seat easily, hate it when you've got to put over 75lbs in them to get them to pop. I mounted a two ply tire on a Norton I had and noticed after I put it back on the bike that it hadn't seated, so I got the air hose out and gave it to it. When I got up around 80lbs it blew the tire off and then to add insult to injury, the bike fell on me because it was on the sidestand and was now too low to stay up. Naturally it happened in my buddies shop with a bunch of guys hanging out. They finally got the bike off me when they stopped laughing enough.
When I change tires, I am careful not to go all the way over with the tire iron, just enough to drop the bead in; that and I use a rubber hammer towards the end. I also save the valve stem part of the final bead for the place where I put in my last iron as I want to give the bead all of the center groove that I can and the stem will take up room. Ice tires are HORRIBLE! They usually have an old street tire with the shoulders cut off in them, and then sometimes you'll stick indoo/outdoor carpet in there too, just to be sure the screws don't find the tube. Usually I'll have designated wheels just for ice tires as they are a job I only wnat to do once. You always bleed when you do ice tires.
Hey, I'm looking for an ice bike. Anybody have anything?
I've got a friend selling an oldish RM125 that will need some work, but it would make a great ice bike. If you're looking for something competitive, I've got another friend selling his Champion framed CR250 flattracker, with all the right go fast stuff for around $2400. but I don't know if he's got ice tires for it.
And you're right about the ice tires, once you build 'em, you leave 'em on till there worn to nothing.
I might be interested in that CR250 Champion, depending on where he's located (I just paid to have a 57' Chevy shipped out of Kansas and I can't do that again). Where is he? Got a contact number? If it's set up for dirt track, he's probably got 19 inch wheels and I've got a couple of 19 inch ice tires (Guiness ad) BRILLIANT!!
Here's the dope from his post on the flattrack list;
I haven't raced with you guys in a while, tried going to EC a few times, but been busy lately. Anyway, hope you are all doing well and if you know anyone looking for a flat tracker as listed below, please contact me.
Mint condition - Champion frame/Honda CR250 flat tracker. Entire bike is brand new/rebuilt recently. Fresh powder coated frame. TLC Racing wide rear hub. Fully adjustable White Power shocks. Renthal chain and grips. AFAM bars. Fresh pro paint job on all fiberglass. Braking Wave rear rotor. Brembo caliper and Grimeca master cylinder. Ceriani 35mm forks with A&A fully adjustable offset triple clamps. Mikuni carb and K&N filter with pre-charger. Boyesen aluminum ignition cover and Rad Valve with torque reeds. Steahly 8oz fly wheel weight. Jemco pipe/silencer. Entire engine was stripped down to bare cases, and rebuilt with all new bearings, seals, etc.
$2475 or best offer.
The triple clamps/shocks/rear hub all have just one race on them and are worth $1800 alone!)
The bike is located in Northern Vermont, meeting half-way or delivery might be possible.
Also, contact me directly for digital pictures of bike.