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trevtherevtrevtherev Posts: 372
edited September 2010 in Road beginners
Having had a puncture yest morn and spent 1 hr sorting out ...the main problem being I could not get the tyre (ultra gatorskin 23c) back on the wheel....I was wondering is there a substitute for park tyre levers? It's that last bit of tyre, it's murder trying to get on to the wheel, I had cut fingers and burst blisters by the time I got to work...it should not be this difficult :( I realize that you can use metal levers but I presume they will spoil the rim of the wheel...is there a good substitute for the park levers...or must I just grin and bear it!!
has anyone used these are they any good?
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Inten ... 360024777/

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  • ErudinErudin Posts: 136
    The Topeak shuttle levers are good. After watching this video from Spa Cycles homepage I find getting my ultra gatorskins off and on a lot easier.

    YouTube Link: How to fit a Marathon Plus Tyre
  • sungodsungod Posts: 12,685
    a bit of spit on the rim/bead can help get it over the last bit

    just going a few mm at a time can work where larger efforts fail

    btw it's worth having a pair of mechanics disposable gloves in the saddle bag, gives you a bit of finger protection, especially as the weather gets colder
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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLY3HfT ... =1&index=3

    Wiggle about £5 looks good aint used as yet though :wink:

    Good reports from others.

    Chris
  • I wouldn't use steel levers anymore, can damage the rims.
    Say... That's a nice bike..
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  • Had exactly the same prob with same tyres. It was about an inch of tyre that wouldnt budge, didnt realise how blisteresd fingers were till next day. In the end I had to put one foot on the wheel and press down reaalllly hard with the lever.

    I've seen a vid on youtube where the guy just rolls the tyre on. I'm guessing these are the fold up type. Thems gonna be on my xmas list thats for sure.
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  • I use the Crank Brothers Speed levers and I can't recomend too highly. Needs a bit of practice as it is not a standard lever as such.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,433
    I've got a couple of sets of these, they're really good.
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=28714

    They have a stainless steel core, which has a reinforced plastic outer and tip. They don't bend, don't damage rims and I've had no problems with the most stuborn of tyres.

    If anyone finds a set on the Penhyd trail at Afan, they're mine.......... the second set I've lost there !!!!
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,080 Lives Here
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  • lol even my mate who does kung fu and kick boxing couldn't put on new tyres onto a rim, needs two people.

    Taking off though is not too bad, although saying that my tourer rear wheel is a right pig, can't understand it. Taking off the tyre is really really difficult. Wonder if he used a 650 rim? :?
    Say... That's a nice bike..
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  • BarteosBarteos Posts: 657
    It's about the technique, not the levers.
    I use Park levers at work, every day and they are more than than perfect for any job.
  • I agree, but one of mine is a pig, normally just zips around in 10 seconds, but not that one.
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  • I think i will have to perfect my technique.........the video on Spa cycles at hartlepool looks a great way to put on and off a tyre and without the use of levers

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