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Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
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this might be a silly question but how does one get the front wheel off the ground in order to change the tyre on a bike which only has a side stand. Assuming there no one about to help you lift it onto a block. The only way I can think of it is to put the bike on its side on the ground, this seems a rather clumsy way of doing it. Any suggestions would helpful.
Off roading we normally lay the bikes on their side - it's always useful to have someone else about when you are trying to get the axle bolt back in though...
In the workshop I use a trolley jack under the lower suspension pivot - you can quite safely jack the XT quite high enough to put a decent size crate underneath the sump and have both wheels of the ground.
It really depends what you want to change the tire into! Every day during the summer I change front tires on bikes without centerstands. I first make sure it has a unbent normal sidestand then I unload the rock collection off the back rack. then just go to the side opposite the sidestand and jack up the frame till the front wheel is off the ground. out in the field I would use a branch or stick. Another way is to tie the bike off to a building, tree, or rock outcropping. just pull it over against the sidestand and tie the rope to hold it there.
My experience with the XT is that the (standard) sidestand won't take the loading when doing this (It's a pretty weighty machine) - I used to do exactly that, yank it onto the sidestand and spin the rear wheel to lube the chain... I cracked the welds at the top end of the stand and then had to weld it up with extra reinforcement
Thanx for the responses.
I guess the typical worst case scenario would be a full tank of petrol, side of a road with no one about and a punctured flat front tyre. From what I can gather one will have to put the bike on its side, ensure petrol tap is off, and repair the front tube...or get a centre stand....does any one know of a stand that would fit a 34L, or has anyone had any experience of making one?
i'm a bit late on this one but anyway - i've tried all sorts and some systems work better than others. i've broken my sidestand when tipping the bike over so i've stopped doing the tip over and slide crate in trick. easiest and quickest is just drop it. push a rock under the clutch coverplate and that will pick up the front end nicely to do the repair.
happy puncture fixing.
I cannot see why laying the bike on it side for awhile should cause any problems. With the exception of the petrol tank all the fluid systems on a bike are basically closed and shouldn't be upset by it (assuming they are not running of course). Only issue you occasionally see on some bikes, especially older ones with very basic vent systems, you may have a problem with fuel coming out the tank vent (and then it simply a question of lifting the end of it higher.
My bikes have all at different times spent time on their side for tyre changes and never appears to have had an impact - although I always allow a minute or two for the fluids all to drain back to their correct locations when I stand it up again before I try and start them. Only negative is picking them up again after the tyre change.
This has been done to death on a number of internet sites over the years, but try searching "crutch jack" on the internet if you're interested. No end to the creativity some have put into these. This is a basic one I use for my dualsport and street bikes up to about 450 lbs. Some skidplates, frame configurations and heavier bikes will sometimes call for something other than the simple rubber crutch tip on the "bike" end in order to get a good purchase on the swingarm, skid plate or frame. Weighs ounces, made from castoff crutches. Acts as a "third leg" depending upon placement, and also works in uneven terrain where a centerstand can sometimes be problematic. Lifts either the front or rear. Goes everywhere I go:
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