the humble tyre lever

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MikeDee
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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby MikeDee » 19 Jul 2018, 3:31pm

mjr wrote:
MikeDee wrote:I carry two tubes with me. Patching on the side of the road is something I avoid. I carry glueless patches in case the tubes don't work out. In my and others experience, glueless patches are temporary and peal off after a time.

Glueless patches get you going quicker than people taking wheels out and replacing tubes, though! The only thing quicker is sealant when it works but that's far messier to use.


If you can find the hole and the item in your tire that caused the flat in the first place (that's a big if). You're going to have to patch again with a proper patch kit again anyway. Want to save time at the side of the road? Use a CO2 inflater.

brooksby
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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby brooksby » 19 Jul 2018, 3:35pm

peetee wrote:I use a set of Schwalbe levers almost every day and they last about 9 months.


Where on earth are you riding, if you need to use tyre levers every day??

brooksby
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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby brooksby » 19 Jul 2018, 3:37pm

I use a pair of quite chunky orange Continental levers, which seem to do the job quite well. My tyres are currently Marathon Plusses.

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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby mjr » 19 Jul 2018, 3:44pm

Brucey wrote:
mjr wrote: Glueless patches get you going quicker than people taking wheels out and replacing tubes, though!


if you have an IGH + chaincase, yes, but a standard QR wheel with rim brakes and dedangler gears it is always quicker to change the tube.

As you know, I disagree, but I hope we never both puncture simultaneously and have chance to race!
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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby peetee » 19 Jul 2018, 5:09pm

brooksby wrote:
peetee wrote:I use a set of Schwalbe levers almost every day and they last about 9 months.


Where on earth are you riding, if you need to use tyre levers every day??


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brooksby
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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby brooksby » 19 Jul 2018, 10:10pm

Oh right: of course! sorry.

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Re: the humble tyre lever

Postby fastpedaller » 19 Jul 2018, 10:11pm

Metal tyre levers are very handy to get the lids off paint tins ...... The lids seem to be VERY thin these days, and a screwdriver just distorts them! :(