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    Luckily, like the Carneys.........I have small hands!

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    I have large hands and don't care if the tire is warm or cold, tube, mousse or tubliss. A fresh mousse can be a bit of a fight, but this tool would not help with that. No insult intended, but y'all might need to learn more of the tips and tricks to making tire changes easier and faster. There was a big thread about it in the tire or tips and tricks forum. A big one for me is tube in the tire first, pulled out enough to insert the valve stem through the hole before you mount the first bead. Since the stem and bead lock are close together on a KTM, it's very easy to do that and it keeps you from having to stick your hands in the bead to feed it through after mounting the first bead.
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    JEB just described how I change a tire. A good tire lubricant makes it easier but glass cleaner or diluted dish detergent works if you work fast. But after 50 years of changing tires I still hate the job! I do about 4 fronts and 4 rears per year. If a tire won't last 25 hours I look for another tire! I have extra wheels and always keep a 'good' tire mounted up just in case...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeb View Post
    I have large hands and don't care if the tire is warm or cold, tube, mousse or tubliss. A fresh mousse can be a bit of a fight, but this tool would not help with that. No insult intended, but y'all might need to learn more of the tips and tricks to making tire changes easier and faster. There was a big thread about it in the tire or tips and tricks forum. A big one for me is tube in the tire first, pulled out enough to insert the valve stem through the hole before you mount the first bead. Since the stem and bead lock are close together on a KTM, it's very easy to do that and it keeps you from having to stick your hands in the bead to feed it through after mounting the first bead.
    Have you used one? If not, hard know if it would help you or not. I had changing tires down just as you do, the same way, warming the tire helps a lot, and this tool will too, even working the valve in and the rimlock. Also help when pulling a tube out to take a tire off. Don't knock it till you try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoss View Post
    Have you used one? If not, hard know if it would help you or not.
    Because I almost never have to reach inside the beads.
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    https://youtu.be/0ksZQ5YC5gs

    My next purchase as I like to do things the easy way as I get older

    https://us.rabaconda.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by scj View Post
    https://youtu.be/0ksZQ5YC5gs

    My next purchase as I like to do things the easy way as I get older

    https://us.rabaconda.com/
    This is my version of a tire tamer and I'm not looking back. With 4 bikes to maintain best investment I've made.

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    Mine showed up today!
    Iíve got a couple Mousse bibs to install after I get the DOT tires off.
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    Baja No Pinch Tire Tool. Really nice piece of kit to have. Makes install super easy.

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