Tire levers of some sort are almost always required to get a tire off. But the tricky part is getting the tire back on without puncturing it again. What follows are a selection of tire levers and where possible a video to go along with that brand of lever.
Since I ride a recumbent bicycle where the weight on the rear wheel is at least 60% of the total (versus the roughly 50% weight distribution on an upright) having a substantial bit of rubber under me is prudent. I generally ride with a Schwalbe Marathon tire on my Easy Racers Tour Easy (long wheelbase — LWB) bike, so I seldom get flats.
But tires like these are thick and not very flexible when being installed. And if you use a thick rim tape (e.g. Velox rim tape) you can make more difficult to mount and remove your tire. Your best bet is to use either a strong but paper thin rim tape or a narrow width strip that covers the spoke hole openings but does not interfere with the tire as it is seating itself onto the rim.
Mounting a bicycle tire w/o tire-levers
Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010
Many people hate to change bike tires. Using a tire-lever, one can damage the inner tire, thus creating an eternal loop of having to fix it. Bicycle Repair Man to the rescue!
QUIK STIK Bicycle tire tool
Crank Brothers Speed LeverUploaded on Mar 24, 2009
Pedro’s Bike Tire Levers
Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack Lever
How to repair a flat tire on a road bike using tire levers
Uploaded on Feb 15, 2012
http://bicyclelab.com In this video Victor discusses One method for changing a flat tire. This method shows how to use regular tire levers. There are several other quicker methods taught during the online basic bicycle maintenance class. http://youtu.be/aPBDlowSL78
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