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Old 08-29-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Riding on tire with unseated bead for 1/2 mile

It's going to be a front tubeless tire. I need to change it out. I have no way of seating the bead at home. The nearest gas station is a 1/2 mile away. I'll install the tire on the wheel. Install the wheel. And slowly ride down to the pumps to air it up. What could go wrong?
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Walk with the wheel to the gas station?
Ride a bicycle with the wheel?
Get a ride from a friend with it?

It might go fine but probably wont end well to ride with a totally flat and unseated tire.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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Use a bicycle tire pump.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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A bike pump should work fine. I've had good luck with silicone spray or WD40 on stubborn beads, but you should be fine without. If that for whatever reason doesn't work, it's 1/2 mile....just walk. A wheel isn't that heavy.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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Okay. I'll walk it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
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It's going to be a front tubeless tire. I need to change it out. I have no way of seating the bead at home. The nearest gas station is a 1/2 mile away. I'll install the tire on the wheel. Install the wheel. And slowly ride down to the pumps to air it up. What could go wrong?
not sure If I understand what you mean by unseated

1 you haven't got any air in the tires and can't get the tire to hold air

2 you have air in it, but tire beads haven't popped all the way out

#1 wrap a rope or belt around the circumference and tighten making the beads squish out to the rim of t he wheel then pump air in

or #2 put as much air as you can in, and bounce the wheel on the ground like a basketball, and rotate as you bounce it
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:35 AM   #7
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1/2 a mile no problem. I recently had a flat in the desert and rode 200 mile with a totally flat front tyre - tyre is fine and still running it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:12 AM   #8
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not sure If I understand what you mean by unseated

1 you haven't got any air in the tires and can't get the tire to hold air

2 you have air in it, but tire beads haven't popped all the way out

#1 wrap a rope or belt around the circumference and tighten making the beads squish out to the rim of t he wheel then pump air in

or #2 put as much air as you can in, and bounce the wheel on the ground like a basketball, and rotate as you bounce it
+1 on this.

With regard #2, even push bike pumps can put out enough PSI to usually seat a tyre. Just be sure to drop the pressure to the correct level after hearing both sides 'ping'.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:34 AM   #9
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+1 on this.

With regard #2, even push bike pumps can put out enough PSI to usually seat a tyre. Just be sure to drop the pressure to the correct level after hearing both sides 'ping'.
This right here. I sometimes have to go as high as 70 psi to seat a tire and most bicycle pumps will pump to 100.
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1/2 a mile no problem. I recently had a flat in the desert and rode 200 mile with a totally flat front tyre - tyre is fine and still running it.
While I agree here, I don't believe the results will be the same with a tubeless tire that is still sitting in the channel rather than up against the rim. The tire will just push aside leaving him to ride on the metal rim at best. Had the tire been seated then went flat, no problem.

It's also a real bitch to seat a tubless tire with a hand pump. Doable, but usually with a ratchet strap or some sort of tourniquet device. I bet I could walk the 1/2 mile each way before you could seat with a bike pump.
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Just wheelie it down to the gas station.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #13
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It's also a real bitch to seat a tubless tire with a hand pump. Doable, but usually with a ratchet strap or some sort of tourniquet device. I bet I could walk the 1/2 mile each way before you could seat with a bike pump.
Not that I'm an expert, but every time I've changed the tires on my V-Strom I've seated the beads using a hand pump. Didn't even have to go very far above the recommended pressure. A little bit of furniture polish spread around the rim helps.

Not calling you a liar or an idiot. I suppose there could be some variation in tires or rims that might make some combinations more difficult to seat. But my limited experience is that it's not a problem.
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Starting fluid and a match.........
just don't use too much starting fluid

never used that method on a bike tire, but used it once on a 6 foot tall tractor tire, and even in that size of tire it only took about a 0.25 second squirt of ether
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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It's going to be a front tubeless tire. I need to change it out. I have no way of seating the bead at home. The nearest gas station is a 1/2 mile away. I'll install the tire on the wheel. Install the wheel. And slowly ride down to the pumps to air it up. What could go wrong?
Why install the wheel?

Carry the wheel to the pump.
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