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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Why not just cut the tire off the rim???

Why not just cut the tire off the rim when replacing your tires?

I'm about to do mine and don't see why I would fight the tire so to speak when I can just sawzall it off.

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I would think it would be pretty hard to get through the bead (steel cable is what it feels like) without damaging the rim.
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I guess you could....Check out on YouTube 'using zip ties to change tires'...works like a charm.

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I can just sawzall it off.

Let us know how that works out for ya.
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Holding the tire and wheel stationary will be kinda hard to do. The twist steel wires in the bead will need a very fine blade to cut them, which will also tend to clog from the rubber of the tire. Can be done, but I would only do it as a last resort.

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In retrospect I think I'll use the zip tie method.

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Well, the zip tie method would not work at all for my 170/60/ZR17 rear tire. The tire was way to stiff for those ties to do anything.

I took it to a guy I found on CL and he did it in 5 minutes with hand tools like he knew what he was doing.

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sawzall???

I have cut tires in half to legally discard them. It is a PITA. New blade / old blade - doesn't matter. Clamp em, put in vice etc. Once you hit the belts they start vibrating / shake'n bla bla bla. So cutting them off the rims??? But hey, they're your rims. I would not attempt it. It was a good experience though all in all. I got to physically see just how durable a bike tire really is. Best of luck in your endeavor. Maybe you can find some rims on ebay. One more thing here my friend, I aint crack'n on ya for this thought. But again, I for one would not do this.
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I do a lot of my own maintenance. It's two fold. I like the money I save, and I REALLY like the time I save. I HATE sitting in some waiting room while some yahoo in the back works on my bike (or car or whatever). Why wait an hour in the shop (after riding there) when I can change the oil myself in 20 minutes in my own garage.

But tires... that's one exception for me. No thank you. I don't mess with removing rims, trying to mount my own tires, darkside, buying tires online, etc. I mean more power to you, whatever floats your boat. But you all fighting with tires and mounting them yourself and even getting the right tools; you are braver men than I. That's one thing where I just ride it to the shop and tell them what I need.

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Her!! Romans just refer to me as brave, only cause I manage to tackle my tires on my own. I might not be as useless as I thought wrenchwise.
B'sides, 4 me doing stuff to my rig is part of the fun, only bout 25-30% of the fun but still part.
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