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Tyre lever recommendation

mw22mw22 Posts: 78
edited May 2019 in Commuting chat
Hi,
Anyone got any suggestions for good tyre levers?

Running continental 4 seasons 28mm and my issue is getting a lever under the bead. Once I've got it hooked, I can get the tyre off reasonably easily. But it's so tight I find most levers won't get under the bead or have enough "bend" to hold it.

Found the Lezyne power tyre levers the best - but it's taking far longer than it should.

Thanks in advance.
Road: Kuota Kebel
TT: Canyon Speedmax
Work: Norco search

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  • langtounboylangtounboy Posts: 48
    Pedros :D
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  • david7mdavid7m Posts: 635
    +1 Pedro's.
    Are you releasing the bead all round to create extra slack first?
  • mw22mw22 Posts: 78
    david7m wrote:
    +1 Pedro's.
    Are you releasing the bead all round to create extra slack first?

    How do you mean "releasing the bead"?
    Sorry, dumb question (considering how many tyres I have took off!) just really struggling with current tyre/rim combo.
    Road: Kuota Kebel
    TT: Canyon Speedmax
    Work: Norco search
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    mw22 wrote:
    How do you mean "releasing the bead"?
    Push it away from the outside of the rim (where the brake track is) towards the centre (where the spoke nipples and rim tape are) all the way round, on both sides. This will allow it to sit in the (normally) deeper bit towards the centre of the rim, creating a bit of extra slack elsewhere.
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  • mw22mw22 Posts: 78
    tgotb wrote:
    mw22 wrote:
    How do you mean "releasing the bead"?
    Push it away from the outside of the rim (where the brake track is) towards the centre (where the spoke nipples and rim tape are) all the way round, on both sides. This will allow it to sit in the (normally) deeper bit towards the centre of the rim, creating a bit of extra slack elsewhere.

    That'll be a "no" then :lol:
    I will give that a try next time. Thanks
    Road: Kuota Kebel
    TT: Canyon Speedmax
    Work: Norco search
  • jds_1981jds_1981 Posts: 1,858
    When I was younger Viners always did the trick...
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  • darkhairedlorddarkhairedlord Posts: 5,003
    Good technique is all you need. Not levers or strong wrists. As above, get the tyre bead into the well then squeeze it while holding the tyre from above to get the tyre out of concentric with the rim. It'll then just ease off. New goes on the same. Partially inflate the tube before insertion. Ensure the tyre rim is in the well and the second bead will ease on nicely. Should take 5 mins top to do two new tyres and tubes. Don't forget to get the logo opposite the valve or you'll have to start again.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 7,839
    As above technique every time, if you don't believe watch this guy for tips.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AV4H04Rmkrw
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,118
    It's kind of crazy that are there are so many different types/designs of lever, for which is a really simple activity.

    However, having said that, it's probably down to the different tyre and rim designs out there. I've always found Continental tyres a pain to get on and off, they always seem "tighter" than the Rubinos that I have settled on.
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  • mtb-idlemtb-idle Posts: 2,176
    Yeah, release the bead first as above. If that still doesn't work then I agree with the Pedro's recommendation but you need the downhill tyre lever that I used to have but managed to lose somewhere on an alpine trip one year.

    CARE: this thing can ruin your rims if not used carefully

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 7,839
    The end looks just like the end of my mum's viner spoons from the 70/80s.
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  • rakkorrakkor Posts: 16
    I used the Schwalbe ones at the weekend to fit Pro One tubeless on my Krysiums, the little notch worked perfectly to prevent the tyre unwinding and they went on like a dream

    Youtube shows how it works - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wspSS_LX_Y
  • CarbonneCarbonne Posts: 20
    Try a Tyrekey....works a treat and made in Yorkshire !
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  • mw22mw22 Posts: 78
    Carbonne wrote:
    Try a Tyrekey....works a treat and made in Yorkshire !

    I've got a tyre key - I can't get it under the bead at all. Great for the other functions when I've got something under the bead... till then tyrekey not worked at all for me.
    Road: Kuota Kebel
    TT: Canyon Speedmax
    Work: Norco search
  • MoonbikerMoonbiker Posts: 1,706
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