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    Schwalbe Marathon plus tires

    I just put my first set of Schwalbe's on my bike. I was told they would be a bear to mount. I was struggling with getting sides of the tire bead to seat on the rim without pinching the tube. I needed about 4 more hands. Then it dawned on me, being a teacher, if I could get both sides of the tire bead to seat and stay in place, in small areas, I could work my way around the tire. So what could I use to hold it place - masking tape! It worked like a charm.
    Start near the valve.
    Make sure there is some air in the tube.
    Get one side on rim as you would with any tire.
    Starting near the valve seat about a 4" to 6" section.
    Wrap around the tire and rim with 1" masking tape to hold in place.
    Seat the next section, 10" or so and repeat until you get around the rim.
    When you get near the end, because you can make sure the tube is in place as you go....just insert your tire iron and get the last part over the rim.

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    The good thing about these is that you only have to replace them about once every 10 years.

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    Re: Schwalbe Marathon plus tires

    I've installed several Marathon Plus tires over the years, and I've never had to resort to taping. In fact, I've always found them to be very easy to install; especially compared to Gatorskins.
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    Still, it felt great and I felt like I was sitting on some kind of vibrator -Touch0Gray

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    OP - what does being a teacher have to do with it?

    PlatyPius - I've found Gatorskins to be very easy to install - never need to use tire irons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanE View Post
    OP - what does being a teacher have to do with it?

    PlatyPius - I've found Gatorskins to be very easy to install - never need to use tire irons.
    You're lucky and have decent rims, then. Try installing them on some Bontrager wheels sometime.

    Like you, I'm trying to figure out what being a teacher has to do with making a simple process much more complex than it is or needs to be. I can't even imagine what would make someone think that taping a tire to a rim is needed or is an inventive way to install a tire. My mind is boggled.
    Other countries need to stop hatin' or we'll unfriend them. - Christine

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    Still, it felt great and I felt like I was sitting on some kind of vibrator -Touch0Gray

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    Never used tape... I usually throw the tire out in the sun for a few hours and then saturate it with talcum powder before mounting. I usually need to use a lever for the final bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
    Like you, I'm trying to figure out what being a teacher has to do with making a simple process much more complex than it is or needs to be.
    Didn't you ever go to school...

    That's what a teacher does.

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    I have a set on my wet weather bike and love the traction and durability. I have them installed on some mavic ksyrium's. I was expecting a fight to get them on but it turned out to only require and little extra effort. In fact I've even rotated the tires on a cold winter morning without too much hassle.
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    I put a set of Marathons on, and found them to be a complete bear although I forget what the rims were--and if tape gets them on easier, congratulations...

    If Platy found them easier than Gatorskins--there's a tire I'll avoid--just sayin...
    "When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."

    (Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle. Scientific American, January 18, 1896

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