Tyre levers & tyre repair kits

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Tyre levers

Tyre levers
Tyre lever Comment Material Mass Standard tyre Tight tyre Very tight tyre Rating
Lezyne aluminium (dd 2008)
You can't put the lever behind a spoke so you have to keep pressing it with your hands Aluminium
Mainly good for stainless steel rims, watch out with aluminium rims, they can get damaged.
14 g each
(28 g for 2 levers)
ok ok Can't get it under the tyre bead 4 / 10
Specialized ('pry babies'?) (dd. 1993, still available in 2010)
They don't bend and can be inserted between tyre and rim with most tyre/rim combinations, and can be put behind a spoke so you don't need to keep it pressed yourself while inserting the other tyre levers. Plastic 15 g each
(44 g for 3 levers)
Very good good impossible 7 / 10
Simson, steel ca. 2008
-- Steel
Mainly good for stainless steel rims, watch out with aluminium rims, they can get damaged.
25 g each
(74 g for 3 levers)
Very good Very good Very good 8 / 10
(Simson?) steel, old version, ca. 1960s or earlier.
-- Steel
Mainly good for stainless steel rims, watch out with aluminium rims, they can get damaged.
22 g each
(65 g for 3 levers)
Very good Very good Very good 8 / 10
Simson, plastic (sport version, i.e. for road bikes/mountain bikes, from ca. 1993)
-- Plastic 6 g each
(18 g for 3 levers)
Very good Reasonable. Useless. Very tight fitting tyres such as old Conti Top touring are impossible to get off. There is too much force required which bends the lever instead of getting the tyre off. 6 / 10
Simson, plastic (super sport version, i.e. for road bikes/mountain bikes, dd 2010)
The old Simson sport version was slightly better because of its shape which defines a lever rotation point... (more on this later) Plastic 5 g each
(10 g for 2 levers)
Good Reasonable. Useless. Very tight fitting tyres such as old Conti Top touring are impossible to get off. There is too much force required which bends the lever instead of getting the tyre off. 5 / 10
Park tool TL-1 (dd 2007)
-- Plastic 13 g each
(40 g for 3 levers)
Poor
(very hard to get between tyre and rim, never mind under the tyre bead!)
Useless
(impossible to get between tyre and rim)
Useless
(impossible to get between tyre and rim)
0 / 10 (throw away!)

In general it's not a good idea to use metal tyre levers with aluminium rims, they will be damaged! If you're careful that won't be much, just some small marks, that you won't really notice on rims used with rim brakes. They can get noticed though when used on black anodized rims for disc brakes. Metal tyre levers are mostly of use with stainless steel rims.

Other tyre levers that might be of interest


Tyre repair

Other tyre repair kits that might be of interest

Perhaps Rema (Tip top).

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