In the days of our fathers and the days of their fathers, the mighty tire iron was the only tool in the land to change a tire, and since those days there still isn’t a tool as versatile or widely used to get rubber off and on a wheel. Although they seem fairly simple, tire irons (or levers or spoons) come in a myriad of sizes, lengths, shapes, and styles, and all of that variety is designed to allow you to custom-tune your tire-changing technique. The smallest of the bunch are typically designed for your trail pack and don’t offer the best leverage, but they also don’t weigh 12 pounds. The largest, forearm-length spoons offer the best leverage, but they can easily pinch a tube, and the type with burly, round handles are mostly designed for changing bib mousses (foam inserts). To quote a wise man, there isn’t one right way to change a tire, but there are a million wrong ways. Plenty of you old-school riders are happy with your tire irons, but if you still have the same spoons you used on your Bultaco, it might be worth a look to see what new tire levers are out there. Some have a smooth, curved end great for not pinching tubes but are a little wide for really tight tires. Some are very thin and have an aggressive hook that make it easy to get a bite with a super-stiff tire and also easy to grab a bit of tube and ruin your day. Zip-Ty offers a spoon that has a very ergonomic grip that makes it really easy to get a firm, controllable pull. Also, you can’t really have too many tire irons, so the more the merrier!