Getting tyres off and back on your rims by yourself is somewhat of a dying art, but it can save you as much as $50 a tyre change - and it opens up the ability to 'chuck on a burnout hoop' or keep a set of super-stickies in the shed just for track use. Stewy, Booga and I spent about 2 hours trying to get a rear tyre onto an R6 rim without success - but JohnnyO reckons it's a 10-minute job and it's all down to the tezznique. Bring on this tezznique, we say! Hopefully we can also talk about what to look for, both in the feel of the bike, and physically on the tyres, to let you know it's time for a new set. Where: Chef's place in Mulgrave (around the corner from Flip and Dave's place) - PM for address. Project bike: I'm happy to offer my bike for this, because I want to fit some 90-degree tyre valves and I need the hoops off to do that. Tools and materials: Johnny reckons the best backyard bead breaker around is the sidestand of another bike, so all we really need is something to stand the bike on when one or both wheels are off, plus some tyre irons and rim protectors. We also need a servo close at hand, with one of those nifty digital tyre pressure jiggers that have an "inflate from flat" option. Oh, and I'd better bring down a RogerBodge tool to get my front wheel off.