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When all else fails, Improvise

Old 09-13-10, 11:17 PM
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When all else fails, Improvise

New tires from pbk arrived today, in my haste to install the tires and ride I snapped both tire levers. The skewer handle works great to finish installing tire
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Old 09-14-10, 08:48 AM
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good idea - practice using no levers and just hands after you do it once you'll never go back
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Old 09-14-10, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by subnoob View Post
New tires from pbk arrived today, in my haste to install the tires and ride I snapped both tire levers. The skewer handle works great to finish installing tire
I've had the priviledge of using quick release levers a few times in the past, always worked great.
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Pedro's levers ftw
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then after you improvise, learn to buy quality tools the first time

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And some skewers are better for this than others.
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What brand levers did you break?
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Old 09-14-10, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by skol View Post
good idea - practice using no levers and just hands after you do it once you'll never go back
I use levers for getting tires off the rim only...finger power gets them back on.
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
I use levers for getting tires off the rim only...finger power gets them back on.
+1 Too many pinches in my past to ever use levers again.
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Old 09-14-10, 12:58 PM
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I think the most interesting thing is that someone on bike forums only has 2 tire levers. I just gave away a set of three that came with my new bike to one of my co-workers, because my wife told me to. I think I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 tire levers at the time, letting me change 6 tires simultaneously, and while i have that many bike wheels hanging around I am seldom changing all tires at the same time.
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Old 09-14-10, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Pedro's levers ftw
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Old 09-14-10, 01:32 PM
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i've broken pedros levers before. got lezyne plastic ones now, but they do bend some
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These are better.

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none of the plastic ones even hold a candle to the ones i posted above.
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Metal + metal = scratches. And I very much doubt you could break one of the Michelin levers.
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I didn't think tires were to be installed with anything but hands.
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Originally Posted by collegeskier View Post
I think the most interesting thing is that someone on bike forums only has 2 tire levers.
Why do you need more? Unless you have really stubborn tires.
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Use tire levers for removal, not installation.
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Originally Posted by wens View Post
Why do you need more? Unless you have really stubborn tires.
There are people on here with a dozen bikes, seems like you might just acquire them. Personally, I keep 2 in my tool kit, 2 with my bike, and I used to commute on my bike so i would keep two with my commute bag so I don't have to move them around, and I have a set for my wife's bike. The bike shop I bought my last bike and my wife's bike gave us tire levers with both purchases. I mean they are about 2 dollars for a set of 3, if I break one, I have another set hanging around and I don't like searching for them so I just have too many.

Here is a better question, why do I own 2 pedal wrenches and yet until recently was on look keo's that don't even use a pedal wrench to take on and off. I acquire tools, much easier to store then bikes, but not as much fun.
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Old 09-14-10, 02:59 PM
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Old 09-14-10, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by collegeskier View Post
Here is a better question, why do I own 2 pedal wrenches and yet until recently was on look keo's that don't even use a pedal wrench to take on and off. I acquire tools, much easier to store then bikes, but not as much fun.
Acquiring tools makes perfect sense to me, and acquiring levers over the years makes sense as well, but not everyone has been riding for years. There are also those who would just as soon have nothing to do with tools, which I can respect but not understand.
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Originally Posted by wens View Post
Acquiring tools makes perfect sense to me, and acquiring levers over the years makes sense as well, but not everyone has been riding for years. There are also those who would just as soon have nothing to do with tools, which I can respect but not understand.
Good point, apparently I have read one to many how many bikes do you own threads recently.
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Originally Posted by mrbUSA View Post
I didn't think tires were to be installed with anything but hands.
How many 30 year old bikes with original tires have you worked on?
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Originally Posted by mvnsnd View Post
What brand levers did you break?
Park Tool levers

+1 Too many pinches in my past to ever use levers again.
I still managed one pinch flat
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Originally Posted by collegeskier View Post
I think the most interesting thing is that someone on bike forums only has 0 tire levers. I just gave away a set of three that came with my new bike to one of my co-workers, because my wife told me to. I think I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 tire levers at the time, letting me change 6 tires simultaneously, and while i have that many bike wheels hanging around I am seldom changing all tires at the same time.
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