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Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 8:57am
by greyingbeard
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
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lezy ... lsrc=aw.ds

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 10:05am
by don1
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.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 10:56am
by pjclinch
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.

Pete.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 11:03am
by pwa
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!

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 11:12am
by mjr
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:

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 19 Jul 2015, 11:17am
by Brucey
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:

cheers

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 11:07pm
by ChrisF
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.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 23 Jul 2015, 5:09pm
by maxglide
Avoid Halfords steel tyre levers - they tear up your rims.

The blue Park Tool ones are good.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 24 Jul 2015, 8:29am
by freeflow
I've been impressed with the usability of the tyre levers in my new multitool.

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

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 24 Jul 2015, 10:26am
by stewartpratt
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.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 24 Jul 2015, 11:00am
by RickH
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.

Rick.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 26 Jul 2015, 9:58pm
by mattsccm
The green ones stuck to the cover of C+ are good. I like the old Milk levers. About an inch wide.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 26 Jul 2015, 10:06pm
by PH
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
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/tope ... lsrc=aw.ds

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 26 Jul 2015, 11:10pm
by gaz
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.

Re: Best Tyre Levers

Posted: 27 Jul 2015, 10:05am
by pedalsheep
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.