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I recently had to remove a dry rotted tire for a new tire and tube ...so first thing I did was call the local bike dealer to see how much a tire change would cost ...I already had the vintage new tire.I shouldnt hear oh thats an old bike I dont know if they even make tires for that anymore ..so with confidents i asked.

$70 dollrs to change the tire $70 dollars.....ok maybe Im out of touch ...My ankle is still Black and blue from the movie theatre where I hadnt been in a long time Ive been dvd-ing myself to movies I havent seen in the summer months ..and I was standing stunned looking for change back when the kid behind the counter said 8 bucks for two cokes and a box of raisonetts...my wife was kicking me in the ankles so Id drop it and move on but I was sticker shocked at 8 bucks for two cokes and a box of raisonettes.

Ok so I should get out more but 70dollars to change a tire that I already have the changing of the tire cost more then the tire and tube with shipping .

So I did what most do it yourselfers does and removed and replaced my tire and tube myself.

It wasnt easy and wasnt hard, just I was very very happy I didnt have nice racing aluminum wheels .

So This leads me to my question what do you guys do for changing your tires . A. do you give them to some one
b.what about aluminum wheels that must be a Bitch to do with out marring them .Are there special tools or are the wheel easier to mount .
 

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most shops if you buy the tire from them charge $20-30 for mounting and balancing. If you didn't buy it from them then it is the hourly labor rate, and they usually factor in taking the rim off the bike. A lot of shops won't even do a tire that you didn't buy from them, espically a tubed tire. I have a friend with a bike shop so he charges me $15 to do tires if I take them off the bike myself.

I hate changing tires so I'll gladly pay the $15.
 

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Well ,when I took a 87 yamaha 125 cylinder and head to the dealer they looked at me like I brought them the "Frozen Man" "Oh *& well thats pretty old to be getting parts for....So I already knew what to expect if I told them I wanted a tire for a 70s bike so I saved my self the trouble and got the tire and tube shipped to my shop.

But I will ask and go thru the hoops and see what they say, for the hell of it .And that was with them knowing wheel was off bike they asked and I told them it was off the bike just change the tire.$70.dollars.

I think it would be a bitch to fit those aluminum wheels Im forcasting to see on a few of my bikes in the near future!
 

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bull,

if you called they probably thought you were gonna bring the bike by and they would have to remove the wheel, mount, balance, and install the wheel again. $70.00 is about right. i did it for team promotion all summer and we charged about that ($65).

amazing how many people open up their wallets.

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i just whine enough to friends that they'll do it for me. theyre as god at poking holes in tubes as i am.

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Joe, just like anything else it gets easier the more you do.

Buy a couple of those tire tools from motion pro. I changed my rear tire on pit lane at Frontier in about 20 minutes...and that's one of the Dunlops which are a bitch.

It's really not bad after you've done a few. I probably do a dozen a year....on really hard to mount tires it helps to have and extra set of hands. I still pinch probably one out of 20 tubes....or mount the tire backwards...easy enough not to do if I just pay attention. I've never noticed much of a difference with alloy rims...just have to go easy with the tools. A tip on the Dunlops...use PLENTY of lube on the bead or they will not seat even with 100 lbs in them. With plenty of lube they will pop right into place.
JohnnyB
 
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