I can generally mount bicycle tires to a rim just by palming it into place. There are some rim / tire combinations that are especially tough, though. Continental tires seem especially to be sized a little bit small. Here are some tips to help you install those stubbornly tight tires.
- Warm the tire: Warm the tire to soften it up and (maybe) expand the size a little. Some people suggest putting the tire into a clothes dryer; I personally think that’s insane. Use a hair dryer, a space heater, or even lay the tire in the sun on hot asphalt.
- Baby powder: I’ve never tried this personally, but some people apply talcum powder on the tire bead to help it slip over the rim.
- Placement: The valve is the thickest part of the tube and, hence, the most difficult place to push the tire onto the wheel because there’s less space to work with. Start hooking the tire onto the rim around at the valve, so the last place you need to force into place is directly opposite the valve.
- Technique: Many people try to push the tire into place with their thumbs. The technique is to hook your fingers around the back of the tire and palm the tire into place.
Have I missed anything? Are there other kung fu tricks to convince a tire to pop into place?