When do you replace your knobby???

When do you replace your knobby???

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The main reason that a lot of blokes back away from changing worn out rubber (ie. a partially worn hard terrain tire in soft/muddy conditions, is not ideally suited to the conditions… but they press on with it anyway), is that they are more often than not useless (scared of) actually performing the task of changing a tire on their own… So, I suspect it is not so much the “tight arse” (economic) aspect of it – at all. When do you replace your knobby??? We’ve all read the threads by blokes who dread the hour(s) it takes to break the bead on the tire/rim, the skinned knuckles and pinched tube dramas. 99% of time – it is poor technique – or the wrong tools. When do you replace your knobby???

And no… you don’t need a thousand dollar tire changing frame in the garage to do so (yes, they do make the job simpler; especially if you perform regular/multiple rubber changes – like if your stupid enough live in Sweden where it rains every other week; and you have sand, mud or rocks to choose between on any given weekend, with four different mx/enduro bikes in the shed to re-sole. When do you replace your knobby???).

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OK, so having the right tire levers and bead breakers etc. makes the task a breeze… but in essence, it all gets down to using the tools in the right manner and not getting greedy trying to take huge bites when cinching the tire bead over the rim. I’ve seen blokes make a meal of a tire change; even when the have a ISDE wheel frame and bead breaker in their ham fisted mits. When do you replace your knobby???

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If – like Darren – you are comfortable changing a tire and tube with the rudemantary tools needed on the garage floor, then 20 minutes is all it (really) needs to take… regardless of make and model of tire or motorcycle. Sure, it you’re trying to get an old dry 5.00 x 18″ army issue Trelleborg off your worn out old shitbox of an IT 465, using a rusty Sidchrome flat blade screwdriver and two ancient Bedford tire levers you inherited from grandad… then yes, you’re gonna score some barked knuclkes and drop a few “F” expletives. When do you replace your knobby???

But with the right workspace, some basic tools and the correct technique… with practice you can regularly have fresh rubber whenever you need it, without the anguish and drama… just like Darren. When do you replace your knobby???

Many of us should strive to be more like Darren. When do you replace your knobby??? When do you replace your knobby???

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This has been a COVID approved 4.50×18″ presentation. When do you replace your knobby???

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