Best Tyre Levers

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby greyingbeard » 19 Jul 2015, 8:57am

the lezzys appear to have a built in bottle opener, at least one can enjoy the wait for a lift home if they dont work
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby don1 » 19 Jul 2015, 10:05am

pete75 wrote: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.


Another vote here for the decathlon ones.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby pjclinch » 19 Jul 2015, 10:56am

For years I used Park ones exclusively as they did all that was needed... and then I came upon the Horrors that were 406 Conti Contacts on the rims used for Moulton TSRs. Bent the Parks, bust stouter Bontragers and plastic-covered steel ones from SJS, and finally found the Lezyne ones that seemed to be up to the task.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby pwa » 19 Jul 2015, 11:03am

pete75 wrote: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.


Then they got told off by their mum for bending the cutlery!

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby mjr » 19 Jul 2015, 11:12am

pwa wrote:
pete75 wrote:Things were different years ago - at one time people just used the handle of a spoon or fork.


Then they got told off by their mum for bending the cutlery!

No but I've got spoons that are the wrong shape as a result of discovering protected tyres are tougher! :lol:
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby Brucey » 19 Jul 2015, 11:17am

sure it isn't just budget price cutlery?

I think I may have subconsciously chosen my cutlery with possible tyre lever usage in mind... :oops: :shock:

I am pretty sure it works better than most tyre levers do.... :lol:

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby ChrisF » 22 Jul 2015, 11:07pm

If you're on the road and find that you've forgotten or lost your lever(s), I find that a quick-release handle will just about work.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby maxglide » 23 Jul 2015, 5:09pm

Avoid Halfords steel tyre levers - they tear up your rims.

The blue Park Tool ones are good.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby freeflow » 24 Jul 2015, 8:29am

I've been impressed with the usability of the tyre levers in my new multitool.

http://bbbcycling.com/accessories/minitools/BTL-42XXL

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby stewartpratt » 24 Jul 2015, 10:26am

Crank Brothers Speedlever.

I discovered the Speedlever years ago, when it succeeded on the most difficult tyre/rim combinations where conventional levers failed. I've not used a standard lever since: they're at best tedious by comparison. I can get most tyres off by hand but the Speedlever makes short work of any that I can't.

Buy a Speedlever and don't look back.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby RickH » 24 Jul 2015, 11:00am

I've been using a set of Schwalbe levers for several years (probably 5+) without any problems or breakages, even when fitting/removing Marathons. They're only about £3-5 for a set of 3.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby mattsccm » 26 Jul 2015, 9:58pm

The green ones stuck to the cover of C+ are good. I like the old Milk levers. About an inch wide.

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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby PH » 26 Jul 2015, 10:06pm

stewartpratt wrote:Buy a Speedlever and don't look back.


If you can find one, I think they stopped making them a couple of years ago.

I'm surprised the Topeak Shuttle Tyre Levers haven't had a mentions, I don't have them but have heard such good things that they'll be on the shopping list soon
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby gaz » 26 Jul 2015, 11:10pm

Specialized "Pry Babies" have been my main weapon of choice since sometime in the '90's. More recently I came across the identical, Ekip. Very useful for making up free postage on smaller purchases and equally effective.

I have a VAR in the saddlebag and Simson Tyre Mate in the garage for stubborn cases.
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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Postby pedalsheep » 27 Jul 2015, 10:05am

stewart pratt wrote
Crank Brothers Speedlever.

I discovered the Speedlever years ago, when it succeeded on the most difficult tyre/rim combinations where conventional levers failed. I've not used a standard lever since: they're at best tedious by comparison. I can get most tyres off by hand but the Speedlever makes short work of any that I can't.

Buy a Speedlever and don't look back.


I was very impressed with mine until the day the end broke off! I'd been sufficiently impressed up until then to look for a replacement but couldn't find one.
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