When the icy cold of winter gripped our fair town, I carefully swapped my expensive, flat-proof Specialized Armadillo rear tire for the cheap original rear tire that came with my bike. The idea was that the bike would be spending far more time attached to my magnetic trainer than on the road, and I’d rather waste the tread on the cheaper tires. I vaguely recall that things went fairly well during that switch, but then time has a way of making all memories look a little rosier than reality.
Now that the temperatures are beginning to rise, and the fuel prices are rising even faster, I decided it was time to get the new steed road-worthy again. Having a bit of free time last night, I decided to put the Armadillos back on in preparation for beginning to commute to work and do training rides outside where God intended. What follows is a mostly honest account of just how NOT to replace a tire. Hopefully along the way you will be able to learn a few things about the correct way to replace a tire.
Procedure for Replacing a Tire
* A light dusting of talcum powder on the tube helps it slip into the tire casing more easily.
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