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Every cyclists worst nightmare is getting a puncture in the middle of winter on the most miserable, rainy, cold, wet and dark day in winter and not being able to get home because of completely numb hands and the inability to change a tyre that results. These levers solve that problem, stick a couple of these (handily clipped together) into your saddlebag and nothing short of superglued-on tub will stop you.
I'm fairly weedy so I find that Pedros are an absolute god send for getting off and putting on tight tyres. The schwalbe marathon plus, for example, would be impossible if it weren't for Pedro and his ability to string together these plasticky miracles. And because they're plastic, they won't wreck your rim.
I bought my first pair (Pink ones) a couple of years ago whilst on a bike ride when i forgot tools. Since then I've bought four more. They are snazzy looking (especially in pink), clip together to save space, are fairly cheap and are unstoppable when it comes to tyre removal.
Go on. Get yourself a couple. You won't regret it when you're sitting at the side of a road, soaked through and waiting for someone - Anyone? Please? - to stop and rescue you.
To a cyclist, tyre levers can be one of the most important pieces of kit when out riding and so having a good pair is essential. I have been through many tyre levers over the last few years, most of which have snapped under pressure or bent out of shape. I stumbled upon these in my local bike shop and decided to give them a try. I paid £3 for 2 tyre levers.
The tyre levers are pink all over, however you can also get them in lime green, yellow and orange colours. They are made of a very hard and non-flexible plastic that is light weight and durable. On the top of each lever is the Pedro's logo, which also acts as a clip to hold additional tyre levers together. Each lever is 11cm long, 2.5cm wide and 1cm deep and is a slightly bent shape. At one end there is a thinner piece of plastic that is curved, which is used to tuck under the tyre and at the other end there is slot, which is used to secure the lever to one of your wheel spokes.
At first I was a bit wary on spending £3 on a pair of tyre levers as in the past I have bought much cheaper one. When I had bought plastic levers I found that they would snap under the strain very quickly. I have owned these for over a year now and I have not had any breakages with these. I have had to change quite a few punctures and tyres and they have worked well all the time.
The curved section on one end starts quite thin, which makes it very easy to hook it under the rim of the tyre. I am then able to use the rest of the lever to push down to get the tyre out of the wheel rim. I have found that the lever doesn't flex or strain under any amount of pressure I use which is highly advantageous. Once the lever is pushed all the way down, it can be clipped onto a spoke to hold it in place whilst you use the second lever to get more of the tyre out of them rim.
Once you have changed the inner tube/tyre, you can then turn the lever over and use the back of the curved section to get the tyre back into the rim. As the curved section is smooth, it allows you to lift the tyre over the rim and for it to fall into place. Being made of plastic and have smooth and curved edges and faces, this helps to prevent you cutting open the inner tube when refitting the tyre. I have found that some cheaper levers would cut a new inner tube when reapplying the tyre, which would mean repeating the process!
So far, I have found these to be the best tyre levers that I have used since I started cycling. I would highly recommend them to anyone who owns a bike, regardless of how often you ride. They help make a long and tedious process a little easier. I am going to give these 5/5 as they are the best tyre levers I have come across and I am sure that these will last me for a long time to come.
I have found that most good cycling shops will stock these for about £3 a pair, or they can be purchased from online sites such as Wiggle or ChainReactionCycles.
Thanks for reading.
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