I recently bought a pair of Pedro’s Bicycle Tire Levers. I’ve worked on many a bike. I’ve seen a few tire levers get tossed in the trash. I’ve even seen one of those metal-core tire levers get bent. I’m not directly responsible for that one, fortunately. I have, however, broken one of those standard plastic tire levers that typically come in a pack of three and has a red plastic sleeve to keep them together. To be fair, I was installing one of those solid-core tubes, and it was a super-tight fit. That’s a long story, best suited to an entirely different article.
With the tire levers being broken, bent, and tossed in the rubbish bin, I found myself looking for a better quality tire lever. I was actually leaning towards the Park Tool TL-5 Heavy Duty Steel Tire Lever Set until I read about how they tend to scar (or score) your rims. I’m into restoring bikes, so that’s not cool- especially when you’re potentially dealing with parts that aren’t being made anymore. This lead me to Pedro’s Tire Levers, which came with lots of praise from forums and amazon reviewers alike.
I’ve used them a handful of times now. The width and thickness of the levers really makes them stand out. I can’t attest to their durability, but I imagine that this thickness lends to better durability. The thickness does make them fit in my hands better than the typical tire lever. The fact that they lock together like legos is nice, too- you don’t need a fiddly sleeve to keep them together.
As many have mentioned, a third tire lever might be nice. As it turns out, two do the job nicely- I removed and re-installed a fairly snug 27×1-1/4″ tire just this morning- using just two Pedro’s Tire Levers. I felt fairly confident that the tube wasn’t going to get pinched by the lever. The levers felt good in my hands. It was truly a trouble-free tire change. I think that’s about the best endorsement I can give of these levers- with a tight-fitting tire, I expect to have some trouble. I expect to tear the rubber a little. I didn’t have any of these issues. I guess that’s what makes these levers so darn popular. They’ll set you back about $5 for a pair, which is really a great price for a quality pair of tire levers, especially considering that I was ready to drop about $30 on the Park tool levers.
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