It isn't that difficult. Use a good tire lube, and not dish soap. I use a 5 gallon pail to hold the wheel up while I'm spooning a tire on and off. Keeps the rim from getting trashed. Also, gravity is your friend when mounting a tire. If you choose to work with it rather than against it.
I did all of mine solo. No one around to help. Breaking the bead is the hardest part to me.
Taking my time over accurately setting the master rivet ink, and not using the awful clip link.
I don't know how many times this discussion needs to take place. There is NOTHING wrong with a properly installed clip link. I've run them for decades and NEVER had one fail. NEVER. They are not awful, they work quite well.
The thing is, you need virtually the same equipment to install either one. The link must be pressed together before installing the clip, and it must be pressed together before peening the rivet pins. Either way, you need a chain press.
I've done this in the past using a C-clamp and some flat stock but I finally just broke down and bought a whole kit. Now I can use either.
If you were to use a clip link, make sure you press the link together, then install the clip so the open end is facing away from the direction of travel.
Do both those things and you'll never have an issue with a clip link failing. As stated, I ran them for decades and never lost a clip, never had a link fail. Then again, I take good care of my chains and inspect them closely every 500 to 1000 miles.....sean
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