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  1. Hi Biker Biker, I might give this a go... Cheers, Slanty
  2. The method I saw was to put the clamp between the spokes and over the rim onto the tyre... hopefully it will work
  3. Cheers Stu... I meant to say earlier the reason that I'm looking into the G clamp solution rather than vice is that I'm looking for something that I can use if I need fix a tyre on the road. I reckon a G clamp would be easy to carry on the bike.. The bench and vice approach sounds like the best option for the garage though...
  4. Thanks Stu, I've heard the rear tyre on the AT can be difficult when trying to the bead. After looking around the net it seems that a 6" G clamp with a small strip of wood or plastic can be used to break the bead so I'm going to try that. I'll post up next week to let you know how I get on...
  5. Cheers parapanfan... I rang this place and the guy was really helpful and friendly... top bloke! The guy explained that "breaking the bead" is simply removing the bead of the tyre from the lip or grove in the wheel. He also said that if done carefully it should do no damage to the tyres and they can be refitted. He also mentioned that it can be more difficult to break the bead on tubeless tyres as they have a more robust seal and sometimes a machine is required to do it safely. Cheers, Slanty
  6. Hi All, I have some complete novice questions about changing tyres... Does the team "bead breaking" just mean getting the bead out of the grove in the wheel or does it actually mean the wire(s) in the bead of the tyre get broken? The reason I ask is I want to put off-road tyres on my bike for an off-road weekend but the tyres on it at the moment are still good and I would like to be able to use them again after the off-road weekend. I know this is a really dumb question but I couldn't find anything on the internet to clarify it. Cheers, Slanty
  7. Hi techno, I hear what you're saying and yeah it's not difficult if you can ride and know the controls etc, but if, like me and some other posters you have never been on a bike before, then it can be tough. Especially if you're left trying to figure out the clutch, rear brake, front brake and gear changes etc while others are starting the CBT tasks. bundle and swindonkev, I wouldn't worry too much, I'm sure you'll be fine (by the sound of it you have ridden a bike before even if it wasn't on the roads). Anyway if it doesn't go well, don't worry the second time is soooo much easier as you know what to expect and know the controls etc before you get on the bike (in fact my instructor let me skip the morning chat as I did it the previous week so I got to ride around the park a bit until the others completed it). If you can find somewhere to practice like a farm where you have permission etc (see Drewsters post for rules about this ) then I would recommended practising the following: slow control i.e. riding at walking pace using the clutch, accelerator and back brake to make it as smooth and controlled as possible. figure of 8 i.e. place two markers a few feet apart on the ground and ride in a figure of 8 passing between the markers twice on each circuit. U-turn Emergency Stop - this doesn't need to be done very fast at all... second gear is enough for the CBT and the stopping distance doesn't have to very short, just reasonable Turning left and right at junctions - using correct observation and signalling etc If you can do those then the CBT will be a breeze to you. The riding on the road part is just to check that you are safe to ride on the road and it's good fun once the nerves dissappear after the first 1or 2 mins. Good luck with your CBTs, Let us know how it goes. Cheers, Slanty
  8. Hi All, I did my CBT last Saturday but I'll be doing it again this week because it didn't go very well the first time. When I arrived it turned out that I was the only person who had never riden a bike before (I thought you needed the CBT before you could ride but I guess the laws can be bent a little) and the instructors didn't really have time to go through the basics at the pace I needed, which is fair enough as I would have held everyone up going through stuff they know already, it's a pity there weren't more total newbies like me. Also I was struggling with clutch on the bike (which I found odd because I've driven manual cars for years but it seemed very different) and after about an hour the instructor realised that the clutch on the bike I was using was a bit dodgy and got me another bike and hey presto! things were fine and I really started to get the hang of it but I had missed a couple of exercises by that stage unfortunately. So a bit of a disappointing experience but I'm looking forward to next week and I'm sure it will go a lot better. After the training I do have some advice that I think may help others, so here goes: If you have absolutely no experience, try to get some (even a few minutes) on a 125 bike prior to the CBT. You can do this on private land like carparks etc. Spend a bit of time and effort finding a comfortable pair of bike gloves before the CBT. My hands are quite big and I couldn't find a pair of the instructors gloves that fit well but since I've bought a proper pair that fit well, I really notice the difference, it makes things much easier. It is recommended on some websites to wear sturdy boots for the CBT and I wore a pair of hiking boots but found them to be awkward for the gears etc. I would recommend wearing a lighter pair of soft shoes made of strong material like leather as I find it much easy to control the bike in them. The boots do help to protect your ankles but the 125 bikes are quite light so it's not too much of an issue. Hopefully next week will go better but I've bought my own bike now (I got a yamaha YBR125 to learn on) and I'm much more familiar with it now so I reckon it go well. Cheers, Slanty
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