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    Best Tire Levers

    I know there are steel one's made by soma. But those are more costly, and weigh more. I know in the long run... but what would you all recomend for my up coming tour. I imagine they are all pretty much the same, but that is why I need your help. I don't just want to go for the cheapest. They are going to be fit into my leather tool kit, so them stacking is nessicary. Thanks Ty

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    I've got a set something like these which have lasted me for YEARS!

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1140595299320

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1140595299346

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    Spoons.

    Among other things you can eat with them.

    Wow all you guys are hi tec.

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    These beat the lot as they incorporate a lever-type device for tight tyres.
    http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/cgi-bin/qu...re_Lever&and=1

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    No need to worry about the weight of tire levers. Just make sure that you can use your levers easily. The tire levers integrated into one my multi-tools are almost useless. They are too small to offer enough purchase. So I continue to use the set of plastic levers I bought 20 years ago. Even a mechanically-challenged person like me can pry off a tire in no-time flat. (Pun intended!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by acantor
    No need to worry about the weight of tire levers. Just make sure that you can use your levers easily. The tire levers integrated into one my multi-tools are almost useless. They are too small to offer enough purchase. So I continue to use the set of plastic levers I bought 20 years ago. Even a mechanically-challenged person like me can pry off a tire in no-time flat. (Pun intended!)
    AMEN to making sure that you can use them with your tire/rim combo. I have a couple of sets like the first ones Macha posted, the black ones. Nice thin edge, slips easily in when you have a really tight fit, durable too. I'm not crazy about the "Park" brand tire irons, (the blue ones you see at a lot of places). They are strong, but I find that they are too thick to work with some combinations well. (at least for me).

    I have found that if you have a Kevlar beaded tire giving it a good stretch before you put it on the first time is a big help, and that they tend to get easier after they have been on and off a few times. I would hate to find out in a pouring rain, far from my stop or destination, that I can't get the flat fixed because I didn't try it at home first.

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    Unless you have an extremely tight fitting tire (in which case you might try a different brand) a set of plastic levers should do you just fine. In an emergency, you can often use a quick release as a tire lever. I had a quick release seat clamp lever that was actually labeled as such.

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    Let me save you a lot of trouble on this one. There is a run-away best in this department.

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    The crank bros tool works like a car changing machine, super fast, super easy. Don't leave home without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregw
    Let me save you a lot of trouble on this one. There is a run-away best in this department.

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    The crank bros tool works like a car changing machine, super fast, super easy. Don't leave home without it.

    I have that too ... my problem with it is that I can never remember how it works!! I actually went back to regular levers because I would draw a blank every time I went to use it.

    However, the times I was able to figure it out ... it worked GREAT!!

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    Got an 'ol "Quickstick" works wonders with a dab 'o spit.
    Can't seem to find a link.

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