The Duckmeister wrote:That type of heavy duty commuter/touring tyre is generally a pig to get off & on (Schwalbe Marathons are very similar in both their target use and difficulty in fitting/removing).
Sometimes you just need bigger tyre levers.
Snuffy wrote:First things first - have you squeezed the tyre off the rim all the way around? My experience with Randos and Marathons is that due to their fairly heavy duty tread and (especially with Marathons) bead, they tend to lock quite firmly on to the rim.
If you don't go around and squeeze the tyre off the rim and you have narrowish rims for your tyre size, you're instantly losing a few mm to work with.
(The above especially applies to tubeless tyres)
After that, as Ducky says, two levers or get better levers.
I've got steel core plastic levers especially for dealing with UST tyres and Marathons.
UJ1 wrote:I share your pain with fitting Vittoria Randonneurs, particularly their foldable bead tyres. Rarely have I encountered such a difficult tyre to mount to any rim. I have had to resort to two toe straps to hold the tyre in place then lever the bead over the rim. My thumbs were sore for days. I also snapped 3 tyre levers one day fitting these suckers. I now find the flat bladed yellow Continental tyre levers and the black Mavic tyre levers to be the best. You still have to be really careful not to pinch the tubes.
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