Reseating a Tire On The Trail - Fill ’Er Up!

    Get that tire back on

    Rick PéwéPhotographer, Writer

    Many of us run low tire pressure to create a better footprint of the tire and to improve traction. However, without beadlock rims or some sort of bead retention device, the tires can come off during certain maneuvers. That’s when having the proper tools and the knowledge to use them comes into play. A whoops! is just that: a mistake. But being able to fix the mistake and mosey back home off the trail is what is most important.

    If you’ve ever lost a tire bead on the trail, you know how potentially bad a situation it can be. Getting a simple flat isn’t as bad because you can usually refill the tire after plugging the puncture. But when the tire pulls away from the rim due to low pressure or impact, that situation can cause problems. Sure, you can swap out the spare, but what if that’s no good either due to a prior damage? That’s when having a lot of air in a storage tank comes in handy.

    While most any air compressor system can simply fill a tire, a big blast of compressed CO2 from a Power Tank can blow the tire onto the rim and fill it as well. Power Tanks are designed and optimized for carbon dioxide, and this compressed gas is the key to Power Tank’s success. It packs three times the energy of standard air in a safe, convenient, easy-to-use package.

    Steve Sasaki is the owner of Power-tanks, and was recently out on the trail running low pressure in the snow for better flotation. As luck would have it (for us anyway), he somehow popped a bead off the rim and had to fix it on the spot. Luckily he shot some photos of his debacle so we could show you the tips and tricks to reseating a tire back on a wheel.