Is balancing needed? I have the dealer balance, since its there and they are taking tire off rim for me. Knew a guy who claimed with good tires not nescary. Just put the dot by valve stem, if I remember correctly.
He helped me change my first tire. Didn't balance and never noticed.
Sometimes it doesn't matter, most of the time it does. At least that's been my experience. Every tire is a little bit different and over the course of time, rims also change. I balanced quite a few that take 0 ounces of weight and also balanced some that balanced better with the yellow dot 180 degrees around from the valve stem.
Here is a neat idea a friend of mine does with his weghts, he mounts them on the inside so you can't see them. He has aftermarket rims and it gives a cleaner look. You do have to mount and unmount the tire to do it, but if the clean look is what your after it works. He has run them like that on 3 bikes for years with no problems.
Good Idea Paul! I too have mounted a lot of tires and very seldom do I see one that doesn't need some weight. You could run them without balancing but you could pickup a vibration and drastically reduce tire life. One front tire I changed a while back hadn't been balanced and the tire had cupped pretty bad which was causing a vibration in the bike. I never mount tires without balancing them also.
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