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Old 06-30-12, 12:26 AM   #1
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Super secret backup tire lever

We've all had those times where we go to fix a flat on the road only to discover that someone had borrowed our tire levers from our bag without telling or we were using the levers at home and forgot to put them away. Only to be left struggling to rip the tire off with our bare hands. Never fear, turns out the pump manufacturers have our backs

Yeah, it's been there all that time.
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Old 06-30-12, 12:45 AM   #2
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I've used my quick release blades to good effect when I've been in a pinch.
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Old 06-30-12, 12:59 AM   #3
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Pieces of mulch work surprisingly well, too
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Old 06-30-12, 10:05 AM   #4
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I wouldn't count on the tire lever provided on many frame pumps. They are not all sturdy enough to get under the rim and do the job. I say, make sure you always have a "real" one on your bike!
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Old 06-30-12, 11:27 AM   #5
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Ditto on the Q.R. levers.
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Old 06-30-12, 01:43 PM   #6
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The flat screwdriver blade on a Swiss Army Knife worked OK for me many times.
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Old 06-30-12, 02:08 PM   #7
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pfft, you guys and your secret tools. I just use one of these...

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We've all had those times where we go to fix a flat on the road only to discover that someone had borrowed our tire levers from our bag without telling or we were using the levers at home and forgot to put them away. Only to be left struggling to rip the tire off with our bare hands.
I can't say I ever forgot my tire levers. I have a set for each bike and a set for the garage. I mean, they're just over a buck each...
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Each of my bikes has a flat repair setup and a multi-tool and I don't use hand pumps. I've never been without 2 tire levers on the road or on the trail.
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My pump lever isn't shaped like that. I've never been without levels. I like the idea of QR levers in a pinch.
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I find that the tire levers that come with flat kits really suck. The best are the Pedro brand.
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I just use tire/rim combos that I can work with my hands...
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Poor MrLeft2000. He was just trying to help!
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I just use tire/rim combos that I can work with my hands...
+1.

Using a thin rim tape or Veloplugs definitely helps, even if I'd like to think I have super manly hands.
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pfft, you guys and your secret tools. I just use one of these...

OMG too funny!! I bet those kitty nails are tough on inner tubes!
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OMG too funny!! I bet those kitty nails are tough on inner tubes!
Kittens are serious business, okay?

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