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    need to change tire, dont have levers!

    is there anything i can use as a safe alternative to tire levers, ive lost mine and need to change a tube.

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    a wooden spatula maybe.

    try to work the tire like you are installing a tubular on a rim and see if you get enough slack at one place on the rim to roll it off with palm side of your knuckles.

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    ive used part of a quick release.

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    your hands.

    some disposable latex gloves will give you some more grip if you have womanly fingers.

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    The last time I used a tire lever was to pry a Belgian-taped and glued tubular off a rim.

    Most tire/rim combos can be done by hand. Some Campy rims and Continental tires can be more resistant to manual removal, in my experience
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    The handle of a metal spoon or fork works ok

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    toothbrush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimblairo View Post
    The handle of a metal spoon or fork works ok
    Exactly what I was going to suggest. This works great in a pinch.
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    screwdriver. be careful, or do it by hand, though I've used a whole lot of different flat ish things to remove tires. be creative.
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    the handle of metal spoons should do nicely !
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    go get tire irons if you can't do it by hand.

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    Do you have a friend? Maybe she/he has a set of levers.

    Your lbs should have a set of plastic levers for about $3.

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    Just go get more levers, screwdrivers tend to poke holes in tubes with my experience, maybe I just suck. The spoon sounds promising.

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    get some plastic levers imho. they are cheap.

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    When I need things to change, I find that yelling at them works well. If that doesn't work, sometimes crying will.

    Or just get anything flat and not sharp. You've got to have silverware in that house somewhere. Don't use a car/house key because they'll bend or break and then you're fux0red when you get back to your car/house.
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    its cool, i found my levers, but thanks for all the good ideas guys!

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    with screwdrivers u definitely run a risk of punching the tube, but then again im not known for a subtle touch.
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    screwdriver? I usually am all about using the wrong tool for the job, but have never had a positive result with a screwdriver, if I don't blow the tube, the rim gets a gouge, or vice-versa.

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    +1 to the spoon, if you ever lose your levers again.

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    Find a Starbucks and use a wood stir stick if you can;t do it with UR hands....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    screwdriver? I usually am all about using the wrong tool for the job, but have never had a positive result with a screwdriver, if I don't blow the tube, the rim gets a gouge, or vice-versa.
    Usually if I use a screwdriver I gaffer tape it so its no longer sharp, though I have successfully done the job without taping it.
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    Anything of similar size that stiff enough to work as a lever will do the job. Just be careful not to scratch the rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate. View Post
    its cool, i found my levers, but thanks for all the good ideas guys!
    hahahahahahahahahahaahha

    at this whole thread

    if you have this problem again just throw the wheel away and get a new one
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