Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Yup. Jack it up to get the tire just off the ground, and try not to take the load all on your back.
I sometimes kneel down on one knee, lay my forearm across the other and grab a spoke on the wheel with that hand, so the load is carried by my forearm resting on my thigh/knee. Don't smash your fingers if you try that.
The most simple trick is positioning the wheel before you lift it so that you can set it directly over the lugs. Hitting that target on the first heave saves you a lot of grunting.
You just have to wrestle the darn things, and the process is a reminder why there are benefits to tire and wheel sizes smaller than 18 or 20 inches.
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