- Keene, NH
And that is why tire levers exist. So you don't blow an hour on a 30 second job.This past week I had a problem with a Walker with 8 and 10 inch tires. The wheels were cast aluminum and were not very forgiving. The 8 inch ones took me an hour for each one to get it on the rim. My wrists are still aching from that job!
Though I do usually wrestle most of it in place, using at least one tire lever to hold a side on helps. I don't usually run the lever around the rim, I use a lever or two to hold one side on using the hook (that most people don't know what it's for) to hold it to a spoke. That way you're not constantly fighting the opposite side slipping off as you go around the perimeter.
It's not something I usually use from the start, but if a tire starts fighting me out they come. Don't let machismo make your life miserable with a "tool, I don't need no stinking tools" attitude.