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Tire changes at home

I have 3 different bikes that need tires this year. I was curious how many riders change their own tires and which tire machine/bead breaker do people like best?


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Harbor Freight bead breaker; motion pro spoons and rim protectors...many many many changes...bead breaker is a time saver, not a huge fan of the rim protectors...spoons are perfect size
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I use a NoMar older model. I think it was about $700 for all of the attachments and accessories. It is a bit pricey upfront but the convenience factor is huge. I do my 5 bikes at my leisure and can do trackday flips and swaps between sessions. I also do several of my friends bikes as well (for beer )

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I used to do them myself, but it was always such a hassle that I'm perfectly content paying someone to do them from now on. If you are going to do it, definitely go for good equipment. Get those spoons that Buhgaboo has, they look way better than anything I ever used, which was a large part of my frustration.
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I was curious how many riders change their own tires and which tire machine/bead breaker...?
I do.

Harbor Freight changer(s), Motion Pro 15" irons and rim protectors. Several sets of motorcycle tires and a few more sets of car/truck tires.

$120 dollars to swap two set of (bike) wheels/tires was the last straw for me. That was with me carrying them in/out. Got the entire 'kit' for less than $100 buy finding everything on sale and have probably saved near to $600 beyond that since. And, I know it's done right.

A Nomar setup would be great (undeniably) but, I don't do enough to part with that kind of coin.

https://www.harborfreight.com/manual...ger-69686.html

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I used to pay professionals to do it. Last time I payed for it, they scratched my rims badly. So now I do my own tire changes.

I'm using this bead breaker from Biltema (comparable to Harbor Freight here in Norway).
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I use the No Mar tire changer. Super simple. No scratches (just like the name says).
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I would love a tire changer thingy but I can't mount it to anything where I'm at. Trickiest part is getting the tire to sit into the rim...I'm always tearing the tire on the last little bit, still seals but geeesh so sketchy some times...

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I use the No Mar tire changer. Super simple. No scratches (just like the name says).


So I looked up the No-Mar machine and saw a variety of different prices. Are there different models?

And what about balancing? I think I've seen mention of a Parnes balancer? Not sure if that is the right name. I don't mind investing money in high-quality tools, I just want to make sure I am looking at the appropriate ones.


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Balancing doesn't really require anything special. Unless you are racing and want absolute precision, you can balance just by spinning the wheel on jack stands or the like and paying attention to where it stops. Balance opposite the heavy spot.

Tearing the tire and marking up wheels are two of the biggest reasons I hate doing it anymore.
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