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Old 02-22-06, 12:45 AM   #1
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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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Old 02-22-06, 02:03 AM   #2
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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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SOMA make one with plastic-coated steel.
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/web...ols/19075.html

http://store.somafab.com/stcotile.html
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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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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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Old 02-23-06, 01:31 AM   #10
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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.

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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