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What’s your number one tire lever?

Old 11-01-17, 03:23 PM
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What’s your number one tire lever?

Flat tire. Now, which tire lever tool do you dare give a name, so to speak ;-)
What works for you, or doesn’t?
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Old 11-01-17, 03:28 PM
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The cheap plastic ones that snap on to each other for easy storage. No name.
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Old 11-01-17, 03:32 PM
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Old 11-01-17, 03:34 PM
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The only correct answer is Pedros.
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Old 11-01-17, 03:44 PM
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Tried and used without failure both a Park and a Pedros.
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I still own and use heat treated steel levers that are decades old. The beauty of these older levers is that they have a wide "spoon" so don't nick the tires or tubes, yet being strong means they're also thin, which is a plus when removing tight tires.
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Old 11-01-17, 03:53 PM
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Pedros. The thin plastic snap together ones work fine on my commuter bike, but can't handle the GP4000's on my road bike or tubeless mtn bike tires.
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
The only correct answer is Pedros.
+1

Although I have actually managed to break not one, but two Pedro's levers, but I still trust their chunky solid plastic more than the cheap ones.

I recently picked up a Crank Bros Speedier lever, and I like that it has knuckle protection, and dedicated and labeled removal and installation ends. Here's a vid:

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Old 11-01-17, 06:23 PM
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I have an old steel one I keep with my spare sew-up; but all my other bikes have Pedro's, and I have a couple extra sets of Pedro's in my drawer.
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Only one set of tires I ride (Suomi Mount & Ground) ever needs a tire lever to remove, and so the PDW 3Wrencho comes along with that bike.

I would not use a tire and rim combination I could not mount by hand.
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Like these levers, but still prefer glue type patches:
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
I recently picked up a Crank Bros Speedier lever, and I like that it has knuckle protection, and dedicated and labeled removal and installation ends. Here's a vid:
Have you tried it on a super tight tire? I've got one on my new single-speed that presently requires carrying a bead jack in my bag, it's that tight. I wonder how the Speedier lever would do.
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
The only correct answer is Pedros.
i had a set of pedros milk levers for years. use park ones now. love to have those old milk levers again.
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Old 11-01-17, 09:53 PM
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Can't recall the brand but they're plastic covered steel. Straight plastics are usually junk just waiting to leave you stranded. Straight steel are too harsh on the finish. Plastic covered steel is juuuuust right.

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Speedier lever from Crankbrothers is my go to, a solid product IMO.
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Maybe the reason you guys have trouble getting Schwalbe tyres on and off is that you're using the wrong tyre levers ...



proof:

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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
the only correct answer is pedros.
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Parks or Pedros. Whatever is in that bike's tool pouch.
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
The only correct answer is Pedros.
Yup. They can break but they are dirt cheap.

For tires that are really hard to mount, the VAR tire lever is really good. Unfortunately, it's not as good at getting tires off as other levers.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Maybe the reason you guys have trouble getting Schwalbe tyres on and off is that you're using the wrong tyre levers ...


I can do the same thing with any tire lever. I don't like to since it risks pinching a tube but I can still do it.

But, frankly, I'd prefer using a tire that doesn't require 4 strong people and a 75 foot lever...22 meters for the rest of the world that uses a real measurement system
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Metal ones last forever and are narrow for easy use.
They have a spoke hook that helps with the first pry.
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Plastic covered steel. Other than that, I am not picky.
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I've used a Quick Stick, Park plastic and now just use the plastic ones that snap together. I think mine are marked "Trek" but are probably made by many manufacturers. Am curious about the plastic covered metal ones. If anyone knows who makes them, then pass along the info. Anyone use the Park Tool TL-6?



A little pricey at $15 for two, though.
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I have a bunch of old steel ones, and some newer Chinese steel ones, one or two aluminum ones... and I use whatever I find first. I also have plastic ones, and I'll use them if that's what comes to hand, knowing they'll probably break, which will give me an excuse to throw them away.
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