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    noob: why do they sell tire levers in packs of 3?

    park tl-1, amazon sells it in packs of 3, why? are all 3 required to change a tire? (i've never done so before)

    can i just use one to do it?


    and also, what inner tubes would u guys recommend for trail riding/jumps? or all they all the same and just get whatever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    park tl-1, amazon sells it in packs of 3, why? are all 3 required to change a tire? (i've never done so before)

    can i just use one to do it?


    and also, what inner tubes would u guys recommend for trail riding/jumps? or all they all the same and just get whatever?
    Here's some info on changing tires from the Park Tool website: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=100

    The article discusses tire lever use.

    Sometimes 3 are useful, especially if they have hooks to hook to spokes.
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    The idea of more-than-one is that at least one lever is holding the tyre bead in place while you use another one to get more bead away from (or onto) the rim.

    Also, people tend to break levers...

    Recently, I've been coping without levers: push the tire bead into the center of the rim, to get some slack in one spot, then push with my thumbs at the slack spot to get the bead over rim edge.

    Some tyre/rim combinations make this hard.

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    When I first started, I needed all three levers to get a tire off.

    I rarely use tire levers now that I have some experience. Here is the easy way except for a few difficult tire/rim combinations.

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    I use all three I think mostly because of the fact I am used to changing dirtbike tires.

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    i just use 1, guess it's not bad to have spares

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    the bell ones at walmart are pretty awesome. Out of all the little plastic levers i've used they are the best.

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    It would depend on the type of tire. I have has experience with some tires needed 2 or 3 then others i can just use my hands.

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    One is for loaning to friends--who never return it.
    Two is for breaking or loosing.
    Three is the one you'll actually use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisssss
    park tl-1, amazon sells it in packs of 3, why? are all 3 required to change a tire? (i've never done so before)

    can i just use one to do it?


    and also, what inner tubes would u guys recommend for trail riding/jumps? or all they all the same and just get whatever?
    3 levers let you pry the bead off over a longer section. You hook the end under a spoke to keep it in place then use another lever a couple of inches away, and then a third.

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    Pedros sells theirs in two-packs.. usually use one but the second comes in handy sometimes
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    With MTB tires no more than one or two levers are usually needed, but on lots of road tires two is needed minimum. Also there is only one brand of quality tire lever I haven't broken or bent, Campagnolo. Even the steel centered ones have the plastic housing come off sometimes. Of course YMMV if you only change tubes and tires occasionally.

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    I always do 1, so I thought they were spares


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    Never use them, but have changed hundreds of tires. Just the type of tires I've been using I guess.

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