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Photo by Bettina Hoebenreich, at the foot of the Bear Glaciers, British Columbia, Canada.



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…..Right on the buttcrack.

on the back side of Austria,
Nice choice of words, very appropriate.
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Getting home from a day trip

Sidecar day trip with my grandson. He loves sidecar excursions. Got to the lake, an hour plus from home, and I had a flat on the sidecar wheel. No problem, I carry a tube, tools, jack, and a pump. Opening the toolbox - no tire irons. No cell phone service, my sat tracker was at home, no chance of rescue, we're on our own.

A sidecar specific tire has a fairly stout sidewall, making for extra struggle when removing the tire. Fortunately, I was able to get one side of the tire bead broken and removed using a single sided spanner, a box wrench, and a screwdriver. The tire, being warm, was an asset. The spanner and box wrench served as tire irons, the screwdriver helped drop the bead into the rim channel. The task of installing the new tube and prying the tire back on the rim took longer than usual, using these tools. A pinched tube was not an option.
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Well done! (I would have definitely pinched the tube, lol)
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Well done! (I would have definitely pinched the tube, lol)
Moral: Install all your new tires yourself and do the install with the tools you carry on your motorcycle. It keeps one in practice and over time makes one better at the job (and skilled, aka lucky enough to successfully improvise). That means you have to buy a balancer, or have a shop balance your tires.
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Yeah, practice makes perfect ... when I was riding trials regularly I could swap the soft-sidewalled tires with ease, but it's been a little while now and the last tyre I tried to change myself had a hard sidewall and I just pinched the tube without thinking

I need to practice more.
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Moral: Install all your new tires yourself and do the install with the tools you carry on your motorcycle. It keeps one in practice and over time makes one better at the job (and skilled, aka lucky enough to successfully improvise). That means you have to buy a balancer, or have a shop balance your tires.
Couldn't you have just "flown" the chair home? Grandson would have loved it. Mother of grandson might have been less impressed
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