Spin Doctor Steel Tire Levers

 

Spin Doctor: Steel Core Tire Levers

Jun 5 2010

 

 

Anyone who rides a bike will run into a flat tire eventually. It puts a damper in your day when you end up walking your bike home instead. Here in the southwest the chances of a flat due to a thorn puncture is greatly increased. There are so many thorny plants down here that you almost expect to get a flat in every ride. In one occasion I counted ten thorns stuck to my tires. Fortunately, none pierced the tube and I was able to ride back home. If you ride on pavement it's probably not bad but where's the fun in riding on concrete. I prefer to go off-road and experience the natural landscape.

When you do get stopped by a flat tire it is indispensable to learn how to repair it yourself. It is faster if you do it yourself instead of going to a bike shop and get it done there. Self-reliance is a virtue. You may even repair a tire on the spot and continue riding. Repairing a flat is not complicated once you've done it a few times. It helps to have the proper tools and makes the job go smoothly when you don't have to fumble with improvised tools.

Today I will be reviewing a tire lever from Spin Doctor. As the name suggests it helps to remove tires from rims. I used to use screwdrivers for this and I was always mindful not to score the tube. The Spin Doctor tire levers are made of nylon and have little chance of damaging tubes during use. The nylon outer shell also protects the rims unlike a bare steel lever that is guaranteed to gouge aluminum rims. If you care about how your rims look you can't go wrong with these. The best part is that it has a steel core that adds extra strength unlike a plastic lever. You get the best of both worlds. You get the strength of a steel lever and the safety of a plastic lever.

 

Spin Doctor Steel Tire Levers

 

Spin Doctor Steel Tire Levers

 

These tire levers are great. I love the orange color. Mine is a three pack but I only needed one for my bike. There are times when you do need to use more than one lever at once, in particular, if the tires are really tight around the rims. I'll illustrate using two levers below. At the back of the lever is a convenient hook to grab a spoke. This leaves your hands free to work the other levers around the tire. There's nothing to it other than that.

 

Spin Doctor Steel Tire Levers

 

I'm glad to have this tool especially for the price I paid. No more using screw drivers for me and worrying about scoring the tube or scratching the rims. I highly recommend them as part of your tool kit.

 

 

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