You’re probably wondering if it’s actually possible to get excited over mere tire levers. A tire lever is a tire lever, right? As a self-confessed tire geek, the answer is an emphatic “no.” Poorly-designed tire levers can break, damage tire beads, and puncture inner tubes. I can still recall the aftermath of attempting to mount an extremely tight-fitting tubeless MTB tire–multiple broken tire levers, bloodied hands, and a molded rim strip that ended up resembling a dog’s (well-used) chew toy.
Thankfully, however, I discovered Pedro’s tire levers. The brightly-colored levers’ molded box construction is incredibly strong (I’ve never broken one), and the chisel tip easily slips under the bead. This past weekend I was able to use a single (three-year-old) Pedro’s lever to help a stranded rider remove and fit a tire that’s earned a reputation for being a notoriously tight fit.
The Pedro’s levers have earned a permanent spot in my bikes’ seat packs and on my workbench (the bright colors make them easy to spot in the inevitable clutter). Next time you’re at your local bike shop, do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of Pedro’s tire levers. They’re inexpensive, and best of all, they work beautifully.
For more information, visit the Pedro’s website.