A 20-gallon, cylindrical steel drum, open at one end, will make tire mounting easier. The edge should be covered with a strip of heater hose (split lengthwise) to keep it from scratching your wheel. A bead breaker of any sort is a must: The better the bead breaker, the easier this aspect of the job becomes. A spray dispenser with a soapy-water solution is also very helpful, and large, spoon-shaped tire irons work the best. You can get by with two "spoons," but use three for best results. In conjunction with your tire irons, rim savers may be used to protect the edges of the rim from tire-iron gouging. Attach a zip-tie loop to each of the rim savers to facilitate easy retrieval. Other necessities include compressed air, a tire chuck, an air-pressure gauge, a wheel-balancing stand and lead weights for balancing. And while two brains may not always be better than one, four hands sure do come in handy when you are changing tires the old fashioned way.