I have two QTs for you today related to mounting new tires.
- Before mounting a brand new tire onto a rim, lay the tire out in the sun for an hour (on at least a moderately warm day). Once it’s warmed up, it stretches just enough to allow easy install.
- Scrub your tires. New tires are slippery at best. Dangers include slide-outs when cornering at high speeds, etc.
I put the bike on a stand, then using a piece of 120 grit sandpaper, I start by spinning the back tire by turning the cranks by hand. I press the sandpaper onto the tire left side, right side then middle. Just enough so I can see that the ‘high polished glaze’ has been removed and a dull finish is now covering the entire tire.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team