I've been away for a while so this might be old hat.
Discalaimer.... five bottles into a six pack of Lagunitas Little Sumpin'.
The spring decision to swap rear and front tires to get some more miles out of 'em has come to September.
I finally get the chance to try a suggestion from a thread at advrider.com
He uses ratchet straps. Other threads on this technique suggest zip ties. I just used packing tape. Good and strong and perfectly disposable.
Wrap the tire with the tube inside. Make sure that the BEADS TOUCH and that the tube is protected behind them. Next time I'll stretch the tube out better so that it's not so hard to tuck behind the beads.
A five gallon plastic bucket is a fine support for the wheel.
I put a bit of Armor All along the rim and the tire to assist sliding on. Put the stem into the wheel and loosely thread a nut on it to keep in place. After discovering how damn easy this was next time I'll skip the armor all.
It just went on like a tupperware lid!
I couldn't stop smiling!
I've wasted so much money and anger on pinched tubes and slipping tire irons that when this thing slid on I was actually giddy. Putting the tube stem into the hole and holding in place with a nut accomplishes tire mounting "101" by situating the tube (and in this case with the tire held together with tape, both beads) into the deepest part of the rim 180 degrees from where you begin sliding the tire onto the rim.
Afterward, instead of loosening ratchet straps or trying to reclaim zip ties by defeating the catch inside of them (or just tossing them) It took me 30 seconds to go around the tape with this....
and throw the scrap tape in the trash.