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Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby NEvans » 5 Aug 2019, 4:37pm

Our magazine has been advertising for some months a "simple, no-pinch tyre tool" (their words not mine), called the TyreKey. About £10, anyone got experience of it? Thanks
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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby Ellieb » 5 Aug 2019, 4:45pm

Not got that one but I do have an X-Tools version which is slightly different. It opens and closes like a set of pliers. It works pretty well.

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby softlips » 5 Aug 2019, 5:13pm

Yes I bought one and it was less than useless for my road bike. I carry it in my Brompton bag now and will see if it works on those thicker tyres.

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby NEvans » 5 Aug 2019, 5:14pm

Ellieb wrote:Not got that one but I do have an X-Tools version which is slightly different. It opens and closes like a set of pliers. It works pretty well.

Looks good but suggests only for fitting of tyres not removing. Is this correct?
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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby scottg » 5 Aug 2019, 6:30pm

I've used the VAR lever for years, it works on larger flexible tyres.
Great for helping people with tight tyre/rim combos.
The VAR work fine as a regular lever.
I get them from SJS, you don't see them bikes shops in the States.

Larger section stiff tyres (marathons etc), the Kool Stop Bead Jack will work.
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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby robgul » 5 Aug 2019, 7:32pm

TyreKey is useless - one of these does the job for all sorts of tyres - from 12" kids to 29er MTB https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/bbb-e ... ool-btl78/ - weighs very little, I have one in the workshop and 1 in the on-bike bag.

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby Ellieb » 6 Aug 2019, 6:41pm

NEvans wrote:
Ellieb wrote:Not got that one but I do have an X-Tools version which is slightly different. It opens and closes like a set of pliers. It works pretty well.

Looks good but suggests only for fitting of tyres not removing. Is this correct?

Yes it is just for fitting tricky tyres

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby JanetK » 31 Aug 2019, 11:41pm

I used a Tyrekey very successfully yesterday to remove and replace a 25 mm tyre on my road bike. I have little strength in my hands and pain in my thumbs so often have trouble removing and refitting tyres but using the tyre key made the job really straight forward and it took no time at all. would definitely recommend, but make sure to familiarise yourself on how to use it by watching the video on their website.

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby Sweep » 1 Sep 2019, 8:47am

I take it it's for putting tricky tyres on?

I use colin's system, but using boot laces.

Has never failed to work yet, even with the toughest tyre/rim combinations.

Boot laces easy to carry in seat pack.
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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby NetworkMan » 1 Sep 2019, 2:07pm

Sweep wrote:I take it it's for putting tricky tyres on?

I use colin's system, but using boot laces.

Has never failed to work yet, even with the toughest tyre/rim combinations.

Boot laces easy to carry in seat pack.

.......and for those who haven't seen the method in action...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUFVrl0UT4
You shouldn't need much assistance to fit a tyre but may well need levers to get one off. There are those who can do it by lifting it off after ensuring it's well in the well (ho-ho) first.

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Re: Any experience of the TyreKey

Postby Samuel D » 2 Sep 2019, 8:35am

JanetK wrote:[…] would definitely recommend, but make sure to familiarise yourself on how to use it by watching the video on their website.

Here’s the how-to video mentioned above. The TyreKey part starts here at 1:35.