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Yes, I change my own tires (with or without a friend's help). 103 43.46%
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... don't see why anyone wastes their time with weights. the dyna beads will balance the tire over it's life until its demise.
Call me a luddite but for decades I've always relied on tried and true lead weights to balance my wheels. In order for 'beads' to work means you first have to get the wheel going and spin them and deal with the vibrations imposed by the imbalance in order for the beads to reposition themselves and eventually balance the wheel, every time you get moving from a stop. When you balance the wheel with the weights it's always in balance. It's worked for me on the street and track for decades... easy peasy and no worries and my DIY balancer is accurate to more than 1/16 oz... that's more accurate than splitting the smallest stick on weights you can get into fourths. In well over 400K miles I've never had imbalance issues or odd tread wear. I get lead hella cheaper than what the newfangled balance beads go for.
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I agree. Unless you're running a show bike, in which case who cares if they're safe, what's wrong with weight stuck to the rim? They're balanced at every speed, they're dirt cheap, and they're ridiculously easy to install. If you're really worried about it going out of balance with wear, pull the rim and re-balance.

My front rim has one little weight stuck on it. If I'd been a little more picky before I set the bead, it might have been doable with none. You'd likely be running the same amount of beads in that tire regardless of whether it was already balanced or not.
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I agree. Unless you're running a show bike, in which case who cares if they're safe, what's wrong with weight stuck to the rim? They're balanced at every speed, they're dirt cheap, and they're ridiculously easy to install. If you're really worried about it going out of balance with wear, pull the rim and re-balance.

My front rim has one little weight stuck on it. If I'd been a little more picky before I set the bead, it might have been doable with none. You'd likely be running the same amount of beads in that tire regardless of whether it was already balanced or not.

dynabeads are kinda like dmt or lsd .... until you experience it yourself you'll never know.
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