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Old 11-02-2004, 03:23 AM   #1
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Next Virginia tire changing event?

When is the tire changing collective going to meet next? I have three tires to change. I'll note that I actually don't need to use the tire changing device; I just need someone to show me how to balance the wheels after mounting new tires. And what is an appropriate contribution to the collective for a lesson in tire balancing?
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Old 11-02-2004, 07:04 AM   #2
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When is the tire changing collective going to meet next? I have three tires to change.
Well since they just met, might be a few days. If you're down this way I'll likely be around and can get you set on balancing.


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And what is an appropriate contribution to the collective for a lesson in tire balancing?
That is a good question. It started as a well structured example of capitalism, then there was the "honor system" , now a non-profit do-gooder organization with the new drop-off service.
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Old 11-02-2004, 07:54 AM   #3
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Tire Balancing Made Easy (and cheap!)

You can buy a tire balancer with low friction bearings from Aerostitch for $217 or make one with pvc piping for about $10 bucks.

Have 2 absolutely level (hint: requires a level) pieces of straight edge (no nicks, steel works best) for the axle to rest on and the wheel to rotate freely.

Wheel will always rotate to the heaviest point on the bottom. Mark it with tape (or chalk, whatever). The more out of balance the wheel is the faster it gets there.

Put a weight on the opposite side and let it rest to it's new low point. Rotate the wheel 90 degrees and time the wheel rotation to the new low point. Try a different weight. Repeat.

You can do this all day. At some point you need to say "enough is enough" and mount the wheel. After all, this is about riding, not wrenching.

Motorcycle Consumer News March 04 has an article on this.
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Old 11-02-2004, 11:35 AM   #4
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Well since they just met, might be a few days. If you're down this way I'll likely be around and can get you set on balancing.

That is a good question. It started as a well structured example of capitalism, then there was the "honor system" , now a non-profit do-gooder organization with the new drop-off service.
I bought a 5 lb assortment of stick-on wheel weights and gave them to Barry to give to Steve (gives you an idea of how long ago this was). Last I heard Barry was still sitting on them . I need to buy some spoke weights; maybe I can buy another box of stick-on weights and deliver them myself. After the last round of discontent based on people not contributing to the tire changing machine collective, I want to make it clear that I can change all three tires myself with tire irons as I have tires w/ tubes (much easier to change than tubeless tires). All I really need is some direction in mounting the tires so the heaviest part is opposite the valve stem, and then some instruction in balancing the tire.

I get the impression that you (and the rest of the gang) are not adverse to the occasional consumption of beer. Perhaps I can bring as assortment of microbrews along as payment for the tire mounting and balancing instruction?
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Old 11-02-2004, 12:30 PM   #5
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there aint no discontenence here!! We all be very very happy.


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Old 11-02-2004, 01:36 PM   #6
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All I really need is some direction in mounting the tires so the heaviest part is opposite the valve stem, and then some instruction in balancing the tire.
Don't most tires have a white or red dot on the sidewall from the factory to mark the lightest point on the tire?
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Old 11-02-2004, 08:41 PM   #7
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there aint no discontenence here!! We all be very very happy.


Beer is good, yeap.
Discontenence??? No! Incontenance??? Hell, yeah!
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:29 AM   #8
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Hey Neil, do you have a pick up/delivery system? Could you possibly wash Loveshack after you're finished installing the tires? I'd appreciate it. No really, I would.
Yeah Squig, just leave it out on the street with the keys in it and I'll be along shortly.
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:35 AM   #9
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Yeah Squig, just leave it out on the street with the keys in it and I'll be along shortly.
Sterling is only 7 miles from Assburn . . .
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I STILL have Steverino's weights !!!!
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I STILL have Steverino's weights !!!!
Hey, Barry, I think you forgot to include your microwave oven on your sig-line list!
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:39 AM   #12
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:47 PM   #13
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Glad to see things back to normal now that you are back Jabba.
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Gone a week and the place goes to hell- what are ya gonna do???
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:59 PM   #15
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Alrighty then - I'm headed to Barry's tomorrow (Saturday) to get the wheel weights. I have two bald tires, one fading tire, and three new tires. Please keep me in the loop when you'all have another tire changing day and I'll change my tires and drop off 5 lbs of stick on wheel weights.
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