What are the hooks on tire levers for?

Hooks on each lever help it cling to a spoke while you prise off the next section of tyre away from the wheel. The set of three neatly stack together to take up less space in your tool kit.

How do you use a bicycle tire lever?

Pick a spot along the edge of the rim that lines up with a spoke. Pull back the tire away from the rim and fit the curved end of the lever under the edge of the tire. With the tip of the lever under the tire’s edge, press down on the lever using the rim for leverage and secure the hooked end onto the spoke.

What can I use instead of tire levers?

Tire lever alternatives

  • Your hands.
  • Four hands.
  • Your Pump.
  • Quick Release Lever.
  • Public Bike Repair Station.
  • Screwdrivers.
  • Spoons.
  • Knives.

How many tire levers do I need?

Levers normally come in sets of three but you should only need the third lever on the very tightest tyres. The other end of the lever will normally have a little hook on it. This is to hook onto a spoke to hold the lever in place while you put the second one in.

How much does a bicycle tube cost?

The average price of a bike tube costs between $5 and $9. You can find tubes for as little as $2 and up and even some models beyond the $35. Specialized tubes and puncture-resistant tubes will cost more than traditional bike tubes.

How do you take mountain bike tires off without levers?

Start Changing the Bike Tube without Tire Levers

  1. Step 1: Put on Gloves.
  2. Step 2: Deflate Tire.
  3. Step 3: Loosen the beads.
  4. Step 4: Push the Tire.
  5. Step 5: Push the Rest of the Bike Tire Away.
  6. Step 6: Inflate the Tube a Little Bit.
  7. Step 7: Pop the Valve and Insert the New Internal Tube.

Do I need two tire levers?

But some people use two because they unseat the tire at one place, then leave the lever there and use the second lever to unseat the rest of the tire. If the tire is really tight, you may be able to unseat the tire with one lever, but as you work it around the tire, the area you just undid may reseat back into the rim.

How do I buy new bike tubes?

You need both to select the correct tube size. These dimensions can be found on your tire: Diameter x Width. The first number is the diameter of your wheel. Sizes such as 26, 24, 20, 27.5, 29 and 700c are common tire diameters.