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Old 09-17-08, 08:29 PM   #1
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Does anyone make billet aluminum tire levers

or any sort of metal? Reason I ask, I managed to snap 2 in half trying to get my michelins on to my Fulcrum Racing 5's, and I've read in a few places these rims are a ***** to get tires on to. i need replacements that aren't gonna break and leave me stranded in the middle of a triathlon!
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Soma Fabrications makes a steel tire lever that is then coated in plastic. It is strong, and won't gouge your rims when you are getting the tire off. I got three off of ebay for <$10.
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There are steel tire levers out there.
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I got some Ti ones with an online order a couple years ago, but I can't recall where. They tear rims up pretty good, so I wouldn't recomend them.
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I carry a set (3) of Minoura, which are round aluminum. I've never managed to bend or break one and my wheels are a beast to get narrow clinchers on/off of. Weigh next to nothing and pretty cheap. Online I've seen 'em at Harris Cyclery.
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Old 09-18-08, 04:01 AM   #6
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Park makes a giant metal lever, although I've found the plastic Quik-Stik to be very, very strong.

http://www.bikepro.com/products/tubes/tubes-levers.html

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Thanks for the tips, I think the Soma ones look smallest which is what I need to fit in my seat pouch for triathlons.
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Rivendell's website has unbreakable metal tire levers. I've discovered that if a tire is a "perfect" match to a given rim, you can use your fingers to get the tire off. If you a breaking tire levers to get a tire off, that particular tire and rim are not a good marriage.
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