Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: An hour southwest of Boston, MA, USA
Re: Update on the 888 rear tire for the LT.
As said above, next time move to a Bridgestone BT020 on the rear. I also have one on the front because I like the extra grip, but I'm under no illusions that it will last a long time...
But since you have the Metz, one option is to get it mounted without balancing, get some ride-on self balancing tire sealant, install and ride. The VTX guys, who also use ME880s and BT020s, swear by this stuff. I haven't tried it yet but I am changing tires on my VTX and I will be trying it soon. If you really want to stick with weights, also as stated above, the Marc Parnes balancer is well worth the investment and would likely sell easily if you decided to get out of it later as it's a very well made and popular item.
In my case, because I have 2 bikes, I easily justified a harbor freight tire mounting system, modifying it and adding mojoblocks and a mojolever so that it's very easy to dismount and mount tires myself. I've got about $500 into the tire changing setup with the Marc Parnes balancer. It will take a while to break even (looks like about 5 years for me), but I get to change and balance tires on my own schedule (and I am super careful so I know it's done right).
Hope this helps.
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