So, after a while of riding the stock VEGA, I started to feel like I could go for a different tire. The VEGA was nice, but going on group rides in DFW, I tired the other boards and noticed how better their tires and preformance was.
I mentioned in a previous post that I was thinking of getting a new tire, when @OneDanGT went into DMs and mentioned that he had a spare Treaded Burris tire. Lightly used, and all I would need to do is pay for shipping.
Cut to yesterday, when the tire arrived. We begin the process of getting the OW. I got my old Sony boombox I hard mostly restored, plugged my iPod Video into it and listened to tunes as I watched thr TFL video on the tire change.
New tire! Just had to go and free it from its taped uo shape and let it fold out.
Goodbye, VEGA tire. You may not be missed.. I hope.
So, something interesting I did notice was that at least two of the front bumper screws had been scratched severely. One of them had a chamfer scratched into it, and I wasn't sure of where it came from. I realized that my electric driver doesn't actually put the screws all the way in, so next time I'm going to drive it in with the driver, then do the rest by hand.
Got the wheel seperated from the body. Honestly felt like I was doing surgery on my own child.
Then we got the tire off, though I had trouble breaking the bead. There isn't a hardware store within walking distance, and I didn't have a 2x4. So, I took apart some of my furniture I had at school that was going to get tossed out (It wasn't actual school property, just a cheapo side table that I hated)
Took two of the side beams off, and used them to hold up the tire. Looked around and found a spare TV stand leg that was made of aluminum and used that to break the bead. People down stairs werent happy with the noises of a metal bar sliding off the tire at some points and wracking the ground at Mach 5.
After that, I moved to putting on the Burris tire.
It took me about 30 minutes to get it on there, but I finally did. I was going to air it up but my bike bump broke on me. Ran off to Walmart and to their car repair section they have at the back of the store and had them air the tire up for me at around 18 PSI.
The OW works and rides a bit differently. Makes a bit more noise thanks to the treaded tire, but boy does this thing want to turn. I can turn corners harder and swing around light poles with ease.
This did give me two ideas I'll be prototyping this weekend.
@loaffette Nice work swapping your tire out and sharing the process :3
Totally with you on trying to put fresh rubber on lol.
@lia Just a way to document it for myself and others!