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I find myself in need of tire irons which ones would you suggest? I would also like to carry them on the trail
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I have a pair of Motion Pro irons, around 8" which work great on the front tire, but in my experience I have needed at least one 16" iron to do the rear tire. I can't remember the brand of that one but I can get it to you tomorrow. It's a really good one. I bent the snot out of one of my 8" irons trying to do a 19" rear tire a few years ago. I would definitely like to hear some other input here as well.
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I have been using these:
Stubby Tire Tools the perfect tools for changing tires on aluminum wheels
They are harder to use than a traditional tire iron, but they don't scratch your rims, even if they are anodized. I've done quite a few tires on my custom anodized gold 80's replica Honda rims and hasn't boogered them up at all.
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those stubby tire tools look kind of hard to use, are they?
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As stated in previous post:
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They are harder to use than a traditional tire iron
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I have been using these:
Stubby Tire Tools the perfect tools for changing tires on aluminum wheels
They are harder to use than a traditional tire iron, but they don't scratch your rims, even if they are anodized. I've done quite a few tires on my custom anodized gold 80's replica Honda rims and hasn't boogered them up at all.
Which ones are you using? The ones with/without grips?
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I have some with, some without. Exact same lever, just a question of adding the grip. The non grip ones are intended to be taken on the trail as they are a little less bulky.
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Thanks. I have been thinking about getting some anodized wheels but don't want to scratch them up when changing tires.
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They are worth checking out. I have broken a few, but they replace them. Worth the hassle to me to keep my wheels pristine. I spend too much money getting them done to ruin them with tire irons...
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My 16" just says Tyre Lever on it hahaha
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My 16" just says Tyre Lever on it hahaha
Mine say anodize remover on them.
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17" Mighty Tire Iron - ZipTy Racing Products
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DRC Hard Ware makes a good 8" tire iron that has a good grippy handle on it. Retails for $15.95 and fits in most trail riding fanny-packs.
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That's gotta be a serious pain on a rear wheel! Even with my 16" lever and one 8" it's a struggle. Any experience with the stubby on a rear?
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If you "need" a 16" lever to do a tire you are doing something wrong. Sure more leverage makes life easier, but you shouldn't need it. I have done 18", 19" 100s,110s and 120 size tires with the stubbys (They are 12" long). As I already said, they are thicker than a steel lever so it's harder to slide them under the bead as the tire gets tight, but worth the effort.
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If you "need" a 16" lever to do a tire you are doing something wrong. Sure more leverage makes life easier, but you shouldn't need it. I have done 18", 19" 100s,110s and 120 size tires with the stubbys (They are 12" long). As I already said, they are thicker than a steel lever so it's harder to slide them under the bead as the tire gets tight, but worth the effort.
I suppose I may not "need" a 16", but I have bent both of my 8" irons doing a rear wheel. If there is a technique besides grabbing bite to bite I would love to hear it! I have always struggled with the first, second, and third bites. After those it starts to happen much easier.
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If you "need" a 16" lever to do a tire you are doing something wrong.
Word.
Two six inchers (with spoke hooks), an 8 incher, and some kind of lube (Windex in a spray bottle) is all I've ever needed. If you start the bead completely in the spoke recess, the rest of the lubed bead pulls into place pretty easily.
There's a YouTube video of a guy putting an 18" tire on a 19" rim without any problem.
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Two six inchers (with spoke hooks), an 8 incher, and some kind of lube (Windex in a spray bottle) is all I've ever needed. If you start the bead completely in the spoke recess, the rest of the lubed bead pulls into place pretty easily.
There's a YouTube video of a guy putting an 18" tire on a 19" rim without any problem.
I've never really had a problem getting the tire on, it's getting it off that I have had problems with. Since I went to the 18" rim it has been much easier but I still struggle a bit. I have used lube to get a tire on but never to get one off, I suppose that might help?

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Oh, and what are spoke hooks? Never heard of them.
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Oh, and what are spoke hooks? Never heard of them.

If you don't have three hands, these are nice to have. They are just a short iron with a hook that can hook on a spoke and stay put.
Don't forget about rim locks either. They can keep the tire bead from getting all the way down in the spoke recess. When the tire bead doesn't get in the spoke recess, well, you will probably need 16" irons.
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