Tools of the trade. A dead-blow hammer, valve stem
remover, baby powder, 12mm wrench or socket,
Motion Pro tire spoons (three is a good number to
have), Bead Buddy from Motion Pro, tire paste (from
HunterEngineering.com), tire-pressure gauge and,
of course, a good tire stand (you don’t have to have
a stand; it just makes it a lot easier). Wearing good
work gloves will also help your grip and reduce those
dreaded bloody knuckles.
Jay Clark at Dunlop changes more tires than anyone we know. Even though he might not
be as fast as someone like Jeff Fredette, who
has ridden 33 ISDEs, Jay has his system down
cold. It’s clean, professional and doesn’t take a
TIRE CHANGE 101
The professional way to change a tire
WEAR IT AND WEAR IT OUT
Start with the sprocket side of the wheel
up. Remove the valve core completely
to make sure all air is out of the tube.
Loosen the rim lock nut and back it
completely off until just a couple of
threads hold it on. With the sprocket
side up, break the bead from the edge
of the rim, using the tire spoons. Work
your way around the entire rim in this
toll on your hands, tools or tires.
First things first: Jay uses a stand to get the tire off
of the ground. If you don’t have a stand, you can use
a steel drum or a big trash can. Then you’ll need good
tools. Here’s a step-by-step look at Jay’s technique.
Flip the wheel so the disc side is up
and continue to break the bead all the
way around the tire. Push on the tire to
ensure the bead is completely broken,
and then tap the rim lock loose to break
the bead in that area. While you hold the
tire down off the bead with one hand,
slide your spoon-style tire iron in and
pull the tire out. Keep the iron under the
disk while you work the others in.
Continue to slowly work your way
around the tire with short bites about 1.5
inches to 2 inches apart. If you have the
luxury of three Motion Pro tire spoons,
it makes it easier, as you don’t have to
fight and pull irons out as much. Once
you have the tire all the way off, pull the
valve out of the rim and then pull the
tube out of the tire.
Reinstall the valve core now to ensure
that the tube is ready for reinstalling.