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The first tire lever for modern tubeless bicycle tire maintenance
The first tire lever for modern tubeless bicycle tire maintenance
The first tire lever for modern tubeless bicycle tire maintenance
317 backers pledged $10,819 to help bring this project to life.

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Snēk Cycling Lifeboat Tire Lever

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"If you run tubeless tyres this is the tyre lever you need in your life. The Snek Lifeboat Tyre Lever is one of those “why didn’t I think of it first” products, in that as well as removing tyres, it also has an integrated tubeless valve core remover." - Road.cc

Today's modern bikes have tubeless wheels, and tire levers aren't built for tubeless tires. The Lifeboat Tire Lever solves this problem and does even more.

Bike maintenance can be challenging and frustrating at times. There is nothing worse than not having the right tools when getting your bike ready for a ride or when something goes wrong during a ride. If you're like me you'd like to spend less time working on your bike and more time riding it.

One of the most common and reoccurring maintenance issues cyclists face with bicycles is a flat tire. They are tough to prevent and happen before, during or after a ride. For years traditional tire levers, with just a simple tire scoop, have been used to remove tires and help fix flats. They have remained nearly unchanged for decades. However tire and wheel technology has been changing and evolving. With the invention of tubeless  wheels, and the added benefit and ease of tire sealant to fix and prevent flats, traditional tire levers cannot fully service modern tubeless setups. 

With tubeless systems, the quickest way to fix and prevent a flat is to install tire sealant. The easiest way to do that is through the valve stem, but valve cores need to be removed in order to do so.

Using a traditional tire lever, there is no way to remove a valve core. Trust me, I know, I've spent plenty of time trying unsuccessfully. I find myself searching for my small missing valve core removal tool, needle nose pliers, or anything that would allow me to remove the valve core. That's when it dawned on me. Why not just have this remover as part of the tire lever? That way the tool is always there when a tire needs to be serviced. Whether installing new tires, removing old ones, or fixing a flat with either sealant or a tube, the tools are there.

You will also notice other differences in my lever both aesthetically and structurally. I wanted a lever that looked good, and was tough enough to handle the repeated abuse of tire maintenance and was built to last rather than something that was disposable.

I wanted to it to be slick and neat... something Snēk. (fyi, it's pronounced sneak)

MADE IN USA - PATENT PENDING
MADE IN USA - PATENT PENDING

The Lifeboat tire lever is an all in one, tire lever, valve core remover and bottle opener. Now you fix a flat, change a tire or install sealant to tubeless wheel systems all while enjoying your beverage of choice.

COMPOSED OF A PLASTIC OUTER AND REINFORCED WITH A METAL INTERIOR, ENSURES FOR A LONG LASTING LEVER THAT WON'T DAMAGE YOUR RIM

Tubeless tires and rims are now common place in cycling and a valve core remover is needed when installing or fixing a tire.

VALVE CORES CAN EASILY BE REMOVED TO ADD SEALANT TO TUBELESS SYSTEMS

INCLUDES A BOTTLE OPENER FOR THE POST RIDE BEVERAGE

The Lifeboat Tire Lever consists of a stainless steel metal core and injection molded plastic outer. The metal strengthens the lever while the plastic keeps your rim safe from damage.

Metal runs the length of the lever, most importantly, to the tip of the scoop, adding strength where many levers fail and break.

Guaranteed for life, the lever is designed to be unbreakable. If you ever do experience a problem, we will make it right and happily replace it. 

The lever has a sleek, no bulk, flat profile that allows it to be easily stored in our Snēk Wallets, or tucked inside a saddle bag without taking up much room or snagging on anything.

Easily fits in our phone wallets or saddle bags
Easily fits in our phone wallets or saddle bags

Including two valve hole locations at opposite ends, the lever has them oriented at 90 degrees of each other, for when wheel spokes hinder full rotation.

Radiused edges on lever scoop allow for easier entry and tire removal on tubeless tires.

Designed to stack and lock into place, this system makes it easy to keep your levers together. Whether on the go or in the shop, your levers will stay securely nested. 

The bottle opener is designed with one purpose in mind; open a lifetime of cold beverages without fail. Slightly exposed metal withstands bottle caps sharp edges while the plastic outer keeps your hands and other elements comfortable.

Many hours and prototypes have been put into the development of this lever. I've been fortunate to be surrounded by smart people who have provided feedback, tips, knowledge, and insight into my project. With their help, I've addressed many issues and improved the design numerous times to make a product I'm confident in and excited about.

EARLY BIRD: Thank You Card & Lever Set - Limited to the first 100 people to pledge. Be sure to select the Early Bird pledge option.

Illustration courtesy of Bicycle Crumbs
Illustration courtesy of Bicycle Crumbs

EARLY BIRD: Tee Shirt, Lever Set & Card - Limited to the first 50 people to pledge. Be sure to select the Early Bird pledge option.

 

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Risks and challenges

This is not the first product I've brought to market, and I've had years of experience working with a team bringing products to life. I'm confident manufacturing will run smoothly. The product has been tried, tested and is ready for production.

However, as with any project, there is always the risk that an unforeseen issue may arise. Manufacturing can sometimes take longer than expected or materials may not be available when needed. If this is the case I will be transparent and notify pledgers of any issues that may effect the delivery of product.

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