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Old 04-22-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Bead breaker

In case I have never said this before, I frikken hate flate tires.

What or which tire bead breaker or you folks using? I'd prefer portable enough to fit in a pannier.

A big C Clamp is a pain in the ass but that was what I used, was wondering how well the different facotory ones work.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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i understand there are wedge types, i think aerostich and happy trails both have one, but they typically require a hammer. not that carrying a hammer or hatchet is a bad idea sometimes. some centerstands have a foot that will break a bead with some patience in a pinch.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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i understand there are wedge types, i think aerostich and happy trails both have one, but they typically require a hammer. not that carrying a hammer or hatchet is a bad idea sometimes. some centerstands have a foot that will break a bead with some patience in a pinch.

Oh man, Thanks. I forgot all about happy trails. This may fill the bill.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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that plastic wedge thing is crap... it works on some tires but not others. I carry a C clamp that is big enough to reach around the inside of the rim.... you don't need one that can span the tire. I carry an aluminum plate to put under the hook side of the clamp so all the pressure from the screw goes right on to the rubber. The plate also protects the rim from the clamp. And the plate has other uses... goes under the side stand on soft ground & a base for my stove. plate is hard alloy about 4x6, and .125 thick
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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I have had good luck with the 10 1/2" Motion Pro spoon type tire iron. I have used it on some older stuck tubeless tires and always gotten them to break. It takes a few times to go around but they always break.
Turn the iron upside down so the lip bites the rim and lever down and keep working around. I am surprised what they will break being their compact size.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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Oh man, Thanks. I forgot all about happy trails. This may fill the bill.

I have one of these. Works like a champ!
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:52 AM   #7
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Plastic Wedge Thing

The plastic wedge, known as the Bead Popper is the answer. It's inexpensive, it weighs almost nothing and if you understand how it works, it always works. Dr. Greg Frazier has been RTW, how many times? Four? Five? The Bead Popper is what he carries.

If you are carrying anything in your panniers to break tire beads and it's made of metal you've probably spent too much money and you're surely carrying too much weight. (Other than tire levers which you'll need anyhow...)

As one of the resident product testers at Whitehorse Gear Motorcycle Outfitters I was very skeptical about this tool when I first tested it at least 5 years ago. But I was surprised at how effective it is. Since then I've personally used it to change many dozens of tires (from big street bikes to tiny DS rigs) both in the shop and on the trail and it's never let me down.

Dr. Frazier says he doesn't carry a hammer because he's always been able to find a rock when he needs one.

If you want to know why a few people have been frustrated by the Bead Popper, read the lower half of the product description page here:
http://www.whitehorsegear.com/motion...re-bead-popper
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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I agree with using “spoons”, I use irons but same deal. Just learn to pop the bead with the irons because you have to carry them anyway. I have removed tube and tubeless tires this way. All the other methods mentioned have only frustrated me and I wind up using the irons.
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whatever you get.... try it on what you drive to make sure it will work for you. and try it before you leave town... that way you'll know. you don't have to take the tire off the rim... only break the bead to see if it works. I've changed hundreds of tires. some stuff does not work with some other stuff.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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I use the kickstand on my bike. I think I got the idea from somewhere on this forum.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #11
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The kick stand works great but you need another bike with you.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:20 PM   #12
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I use the kickstand on my bike. I think I got the idea from somewhere on this forum.
So you got the rear tire off, then you use the kick stand? Do you pick it up and set it down on the tire?
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:15 AM   #13
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So you got the rear tire off, then you use the kick stand? Do you pick it up and set it down on the tire?
If I have something holding up the center of the bike, then I can still lean it over and use the side stand, no matter which tire I've taken off.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:05 AM   #14
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I use the kickstand on my bike. I think I got the idea from somewhere on this forum.
best bead breaker in the world... kickstand, from another bike.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:04 AM   #15
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best bead breaker in the world... kickstand, from another bike.

I'd have to flag somebody down. I rarely ever ride with anyone else.
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