Best Tyre Levers

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iainb
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Best Tyre Levers

Postby iainb » 18 Jul 2015, 10:06am

Hi folks

I'm after some new tyre levers and would welcome any recommendations. I've been using Tacx which I found pretty good but is there anything better ? Not looking for workshop type but small ones.

Thanks and regards

Iain

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fossala
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby fossala » 18 Jul 2015, 10:09am

These are the best IMO. Had them for a few years now.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobi ... -prod10042
Plus as they are bright pink they don't get lost in the grass.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby cycleruk » 18 Jul 2015, 12:01pm

Old fashion metal ones for me any day. Lasts for years and never fail. Similar to these:-
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/icetoolz-ice ... prod17810/

I have had plastic ones bend and fail to remove tyres when used with 700c.
Weight difference is negligible.
Plastic are O.K. with my MTB tyres.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby Swallow » 18 Jul 2015, 12:33pm

I have arthritis in my hands and find fitting and removing tyres a real struggle so I use one of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLY3HfTq3E I highly recommend them Sorry after posting this I did a search and I'm not sure if this is still available. They do however do a new one called Speedier Lever
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby Invicta Tourist » 18 Jul 2015, 12:40pm

One of my clubmates was having difficulty removing a tyre following a visitation from the p.....re fairy. My pal had already snapped one tyre lever. Another cyclist lent him a pair of Pedros tyre levers which were very easy to use and removed the tyre quickly.

My own tyre levers of choice (or necessity!) for the past 30 odd years have been pdm, but I've now bought a pair of bright yellow Pedros tyre levers and find that my hands and knuckles are suffering less when I need to remove a tyre.

So +1 for Pedros. :)

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby ChrisF » 18 Jul 2015, 2:21pm

cycleruk wrote:I have had plastic ones bend and fail to remove tyres when used with 700c.Plastic are O.K. with my MTB tyres.

The early plastic ones were indeed useless but they are brilliant these days. I agree that Pedros are the best.
Also, plastic ones can't damage your rims (steel levers were probably OK when we had steel rims!)
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby bainbridge » 18 Jul 2015, 4:00pm

Had a set like this for 20 years, they no longer slot together due to being scuffed and bumped but still get any bike tyre off in a jiffy:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobi ... -prod32393

They've doubled in price though: Mine were £1 :D

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby Brucey » 18 Jul 2015, 5:01pm

until quite recently the poundland puncture repair kits contained two small steel tyre levers. These work quite well, except they have fairly sharp corners where they are square in section; this means that they don't 'slide well' when dislodging the tyre bead. Because they are small, they don't weigh much.

I'd second the recommendations from others re. certain branded plastic tyre levers with the caveats that

a) cheap (normally unbranded) plastic tyres levers can still be junk (and I think that the poundland ones are likely now in this category) and

b) you might end up loaning your tyre levers to someone else. They might well break them even if you wouldn't ever do that.

c) if you have tight tyres or think you might do, ever, (or might use your tyre levers on someone else's tight tyres) having strong tyre levers with hooks on them is a good idea.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby mjr » 18 Jul 2015, 6:11pm

My fibreglass reinforced plastic levers are still going well after many years. Is that still what to look for, or will they give me cancer?</dailymail> ;-)
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby fastpedaller » 18 Jul 2015, 6:25pm

I've also found Tacx ones to be very good.... In yellow so not lost during the repair! The steel ones are really useful for opening paint tins - much better than a screwdriver!

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby colin54 » 18 Jul 2015, 9:20pm

I've found these are good, I like having 3 levers ; 2 hooked on the spokes and one to lever the tyre off,they seem strong enough.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0081ONRD4

I liked the link that Swallow put up ,I wondered what they were about.Neat idea .

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby foxyrider » 18 Jul 2015, 11:41pm

I like Tacx, i've broken fewer of them than any others and have a set for each bike.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby borderghost » 19 Jul 2015, 1:31am

I picked up these rolson nylon ones today, half price at asda wrexham. Should imagine its national as part of the asda spring sale.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby Philip Benstead » 19 Jul 2015, 6:46am

Re Help with Tyre Hands

I read with interest that some of you are having problems regarding the fitting of tyres e.g. Schwalbe Marathons on Brompton wheels etc.

I have been described by some to have hands of a gorilla and even I have had difficultly in the past performing this task. But I have note recently when I purchase one of the above tyre and place on a new Brompton rim I had very little trouble it went on first time with no need to perform any tricks listed below, I either must be getting stronger of the tyres are getting larger?

If you are still having problems using metal tyre levers place a tyre on to a rim without an inner tube and even better without a rim tape and do this operation on very tight tyre say 4 to 6 times you will find that the stretching of the bead of the tyre is sufficient so that it can be put on normally with ease.

Do ensure the valve is free moving and is pointing to the centre of the hub, if the valve is stuck tight grip with pliers and push the valve up so that the inner tube is not trap.

Some tips


PUTTING TYRES ON

Park Tools Tyre Seating Tool

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/park ... lsrc=aw.ds


This tool is designed to quickly and easily "seat" stubborn tyres

I have not used this product it looks like it is suitable for large section tyres


VAR TYRE LEVER

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/var-tyre-levers-prod27539/

http://www.sjscycles.com/Instructions/V ... ctions.pdf

I have used this product it does work but still s degree of hand strength for it work it is not be suitable for large section tyres

Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack

http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Be ... B001AYML7K

I have used this product find it works well but can not be used on large section mountain bike tyres


TAKING TYRES OFF

Lezyne Sabre Cro-mo Tyre Lever/Pedal Wrench

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lezy ... lsrc=aw.ds



I have used this product I found them work on the tightest tyres.


LOSES FITTING TYRES


If you have loses fitting tyres do not forget to put talcum power between the inner tube and the tyre. It lubricates the moment of the tyre over the inner tube and prevents the inner tube from lifting the tyre of if it sticks together.

Try John Baby Power, it the cheapest.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby pete75 » 19 Jul 2015, 8:50am

Decathlon's own brand do a good job and seem to last. http://www.decathlon.co.uk/tyre-lever-s ... 47839.html . Things were different years ago - at one time people just used the handle of a spoon or fork.