Swap’s Stocking Stuffers | December 18th 2016
Motion Pro Bead Buddy II
What It Is: The Bead Buddy II is a newer, nicer version of the original Bead Buddy, which was made of a couple pieces of welded steel. The Bead Buddy II is made of 6061 billet aluminum and anodized a lovely shade of Motion Pro blue. The Bead Buddy II slips in between your tire and rim, and anchors itself on one of the wheel spokes, to aid in working the tire bead over the rim when installing a new tire. The Bead Buddy forces the tire into the drop center of the rim, which makes it easier to work the rest of the bead over the rim lip.
Why It Is Cool: If you’ve ever changed your own tire, just know that the process would have been about 10 times easier with one of these bad boys in your arsenal of tools. Growing up in the late ’80s with no legal tracks to practice on in SoCal, I used to race Ascot Park on Friday night with a good tire, then remove it and replace it with a roached-out practice tire on Saturday, so that my good rubber didn’t get used up at the hard-packed illegal track in the hills on Sunday. Needless to say, I became pretty skilled at changing tires in my teens.
I used my first Bead Buddy about five years ago when my friend asked me to change his tire for him. (When you’re decent at changing tires and actually kind of like the process, your friends tend to ask you for help!) This time, though, my friend came bearing a gift: an original steel Bead Buddy. As I used it for the first time to start the process of working the second lip f the tire onto the wheel, I couldn’t believe how simple, yet ingenious, the product was. Instead of fighting to keep the bead of the tire inside the center of the rim as I worked the rest of the tire over the rim, the Bead Buddy kept it firmly in place and cut at least a minute or two out of the process. I’ve never changed a tire without one since that first day, and since then the fancy Bead Buddy II has been introduced.
It’s less than 15 dollars, people…buy one for every motocrosser on your Christmas list! This is definitely one of those non-sexy gifts that doesn’t seem that awesome at the moment, but will be appreciated for years to come.
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