Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trials and tribulations of the RGMTB husband and dad!

Getting ready for DH Season

With the warmer weather upon us I turn my attention from Winter Fatbiking to Cross Country and Downhill/Gravity riding.  After 2 solid seasons on the factory tires, it was time to swap them out.  I decided to swap out the Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires for a set of Bontrager G5’s. 

            I received the text that the tires were in at my LBS on a Thursday, which for me is the busiest day of the week with kid activities.  I swing by the LBS and pick up the tires and talk to the owner for a few as we are not sure the 27.5x2.5 tires will fit my Slash that came with 27.5x2.35 tires.  It is understood that one can usually go up 1 size, like 2.35 -2.45 or 2.1 to a 2.2.  So in my case what can an .005”s mean, right?
After 3 hours of activities I am on my way home wondering if I am going to swap out the tires even though the kids have to get to bed, the dogs walked and my wife is on the way home.  I take the chance that the evening will run smoothly and throw the bike up in the stand and pull the rear tire.  I pull the valve core to let the air out and then start taking the tire with the tire levers, pull the tube and take the tire off fully.  I wipe down the rim and start the install of the G5.  I get one side of the tire on, put the presta valve through the valve hole, put the retaining ring on and start working on getting the rest of the tire on.  I get about half way until the other half of the tire keeps slipping off.  I kung-fu grip one side and start slipping on the bead with a tire lever.  Inflate the tire up to 60 PSI to seat the bead.  Now it is the moment of truth.  I slip the cassette into the chain, screw the axel in and was in my glory to find I had plenty of clearance.  I check the time and see I have 15 minutes before my wife gets home and make a snap decision to do the front tire.  The process goes smoothly up to the point of getting the last half of the tire back on. I am thinking I have to lay this thing down and get on top of it.  My wife is going to be home any second, I am sweating bullets, the kids have to get to bed and now that I am down on the floor the dogs are poking around, licking my face.  I am trying to get the tire leaver in between the tire and tube and I start to bring the lever up and I loose grip and the leaver goes flying across the room and the dogs think I a playing and go after the lever and I have to wrestle it away from them and get back to getting the tire back on.  I finally get the tie on the rim, air up to 60psi to seat the bead and get the tire back on and the bike out of the rack right before my better half gets home.

My local gravity park opens in late May, I will do a review on the tires once I get a bunch of runs in with them.


Brand new Bontrager G5's

Soft Grippy knobs

Mounted and installed with plenty of clearance!

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