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BICYCLE EQUIPMENT NOTE: Cobra Tire Tool

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Just came across the Cobra Tire Tool on the interwebs.  Not sure what to make of this.  The manufacturer claims it is the “world fastest tire tool.”  One video shows the removal taking around 11 seconds.  It seems that you break the bead on the tyre with the wheel still on the bike first and then remove the wheel. The Cobra hooks under the bead of the tyre as per normal, then the hook the lever over your bike;s chain stay. From there spinning the wheel, breaks the tyre bead all the way round, allowing for easy removal.  The Cobra can be used like a traditional tyre lever when putting the tyre back on; however my preference is to not use levers when reinstalling the tyre to minimise the risk of pinch flats.  The Cobra can be purchased online from the manufacturer’s website for US$5.99 via PayPal.  I am not sure that I will be spending a penny but.

The video below shows the Cobra in action.

 

Thanks to BikeRadar.com for the heads-up on the tool.

 

 

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