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For those of you who change your own tires, some questions about reseating beads:
- What type of bead lube?
- What pressure?
- What size air-compressor tank?
- What diameter hose?
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What type of bead lube?

I use the gel that NoMar sells.

What pressure?

40 PSI in the back tire, 32 PSI in the front.

What size air-compressor tank?

I think it's about 8 or 10 gallons

What diameter hose?

Damned it I know. it looks like old, red rubber commercial air hose ('cause that's what it is).
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I've cornered the market. I offer free mounting and balancing on all my friends bikes and even free used tires.
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I mount and balance my own. I have a No-Mar Classic tire changer with the hitch mount and a receiver hitch welded to one leg of my welding bench to attach it to when it's not nice enough outside to use my vans' trailer hitch.
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I've not read the whole thread but I thought this might be of interest.
Just built my own bead breaker which i copied from a friend's design. I've borrowed his before and it makes light work of the job.
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What type of bead lube?

NAPA tire mounting lubricant or RuGlyde.

What pressure?

Whatever it takes to seat the bead. Usually only 40-50psi is needed. Have had some stubborn ones take 90+

What size air-compressor tank?

30gal

What diameter hose?

Inflator hose is 1/4" air hose. Rarely need to switch to the 3/8" hose.
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I've always done my own. I think now I'm going to have it done. I'm just getting too old.
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I've always done my own. I think now I'm going to have it done. I'm just getting too old.
I felt the same way.... So one Xmas I gave myself a No Mar Classic changer. Well worth the $$$'s.
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I did my own last time. Only problem was I thought it wasn't necessary to remove the rotors. I managed to warp both just slightly. Won't make that mistake again.
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