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Advice please: Fitting Foldable Tyres on my Road Bike( Conti 4 Seasons)

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Katherine, 6 Dec 2017.

  1. Katherine

    Katherine Staff Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    I have been bought some of these for Christmas, having been recomended them.
    I have a B Twin 520.
    I have never seen foldable tyres before.
    Is there anything I need to know about fitting them ?
    Should we get them out of the box to get the folds out or is that a stupid question?
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    You don't need to do anything special. In my limited experience they take on the normal shape soon after being unfolded.
     
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    Katherine

    Katherine Staff Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Thanks.
     
  4. Not sure how your rims are usually but I found those one of the tightest tyres to fit..
     
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  5. Sillyoldman

    Sillyoldman Über Member

    I put a bit of air into the inner tube and feed it into the tyre to give it shape. Pop the valve through the rim hole and ease one side of the tyre bead over the rim then deflate the tube and feed ease the second bead over the rim.
     
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  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Folding tyres always seem to require more of an effort to put them on.
     
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  7. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

    warm them on radiator pre fitting, and talcum powder is your friend. Apply liberally!
     
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  8. rrarider

    rrarider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Having used both conventional wire-bead tyres and folding kevlar-beaded tyres on my difficult rims, I can say that the folding tyres have proved to be harder to fit. I think that kevlar beads, whilst being more flexible, are harder to stretch longitudinally than braided steel wire beads.
     
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  9. iluvmybike

    iluvmybike Active Member

    Never had a problem fitting a folding tyre
     
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  10. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    They look funny and crumpled until you pump them up the first time. Don't be perturbed.
     
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  11. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I find folders more awkward the first time.
    They have a tendency to revert to the folded shape, which means that the first side has to be held against the rim until it's on all the way round, and they've seemed to average a bit tighter (which I reckon is because they stretch a little more and are hence made a bit tighter to compensate).

    Once they've been on a bit, they are easier.
     
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  12. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Good choice by the way! Don’t have any issues fitting them on my archytype rims.
     
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  13. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    me too, on my Fulcrum wheels, a right bastard. Not helped by razor sharp bladed spokes cutting fingers!
     
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  14. Elybazza61

    Elybazza61 Veteran

    Get them out of the box and in the warm to open out a bit,as mentioned above inflate the tube soit takes shape(not too much!) and care-fully fit to avoid pinching the tube.

    If they are 25's inflate to around 85 psi ;you may need to experiment with the pressure but shouldn't need to go above 95.

    I've found these tyre levers help getting tight tyres on the rim;

    https://thecycleclinic.co.uk/products/irc-tubeless-tyre-levers

    Makes putting tubeless climchers on a breeze so should be a big help for non-tubeless.
     
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    Katherine

    Katherine Staff Member Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Thanks everyone.