Used by mechanics in bicycle workshops, the American-made Tyre Mate promises to pull the tightest of tyre beads over a rim without causing any damage to the tube, tyre or rim. It’s lightweight and small enough to carry with you.
According to the guys at the London Bike Kitchen, who sell the Tyre Mate for £17, “Just position the tool’s rigid arm on the rim behind the part of the tyre that needs pulling on, then reach the hinged arm over to grab the bead. Use leverage to pull the bead onto the rim. So easy.”
“Great for people who have arthritis, weak hands, or are interested in speed over pride. Ain’t no shame in this game.”
Here’s how to do it the old-fashioned way.
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