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Old 19 Sep 2008
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Puncture repair.

Many apologies for asking such a dumb question, but:
On prepping my bike this morning for a ride, I notice the back tyre is flat. I found a screw embedded in the tyre. So, I remove the screw, take the wheel off and lever the tyre off the rim. So far so good. But, I can't take the inner tube out as there is just not enough space to get my hand in to pull it out. I am probably missing something really obvious. Any suggestions on what I've done wrong/should be doing? Thanks, and sorry again for being so dumb.
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If you can't get any of the tube out it may just be that you're not using enough force. A lot of 17" /18" rear tyres can be quite tough to get your hand into and grab the tube (21" fronts are a lot easier).
Make sure that the side of the tyre still on the wheel is free and pushed into the well opposite the area where you are trying to remove the tube.
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YouTube - Easy dirt bike tire change instructions

YouTube - Easy dirt bike tire change instructions part 2

YouTube - Easy dirt bike tire change instructions part 3

I have been doing my own tires since I was 10 years old (almost 40 years) and I learnt a lot from these videos.

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That valve trick is awesome. There's me always busting knuckles. Need to try that. Can you record footage off Youtube? Would be nice to have on hte phone or something.
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Many thanks for your help; those youtube links are gold.
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That valve trick is awesome. There's me always busting knuckles. Need to try that. Can you record footage off Youtube? Would be nice to have on hte phone or something.
Yes, there are many programs. F.x. Replay Media Catcher
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Can you record footage off Youtube? Would be nice to have on hte phone or something.
RealPlayer has a feature that plugs-in to Internet Explorer (but not when I use Firefox, for some reason). It adds a download tab to any YouTube video.

Download and Record Videos from the Web

Or go to download.com (tested against spyware & viruses etc.) and search for a recommended FLV converter. e.g. Free FLV Converter

You might find limitations in the formats you can convert to with a free version. e.g. AVI only

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He makes it look so easy

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That valve trick is awesome. There's me always busting knuckles. Need to try that.
Isn't it just! I think you could count the skin I have lost in square metres, struggling with the valve. As The Man keeps saying, "If you are struggling or find it difficult to change a tire, then you are using the wrong technique". The guy doesn't break into a sweat or even get dirty!

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tyre changing

that bloke makes it look to easy i once had a nightmare of a job on a yamaha xs1100 rear tyre.
i swear it was glued to the rim i had to use a G clamp to break the bead away from the rim i ended up bending the clamp before it let go.
but in all most are fairly easy when done at home but thats a whole different thing when its pouring down with rain in the dark then i find waiting till it stops or you wake up in the morning.
still not my favorite job.

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