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Step 8: Starting with the sprocket side, spoon the new tire onto the rim. Start at the rim lock and push the bolt to create space for the tire bead to fit between. You should be able to force at least half of the tire on by hand before using the spoons.
Note: Use Windex to lubricate the rubber. Window cleaner is slick but evaporates quickly once the job is done. Use it liberally and don’t be afraid to give the tire an extra quirt if it starts to dry out. Soapy water works as well, or in a pinch (like on the trail) just water is better than nothing.