Hey there cycling enthusiasts! Are you tired of struggling with those stubborn tires when it comes to changing them? Well, you're in luck because today we're going to compare two popular tire changing tools on the market: the Tyre Glider and the Parktool TL 1.2. Both tools promise to make tire changing a breeze, but which one will come out on top? Let's take a closer look.

Overview - Tyre Glider has the ability to take tyres off and put them back on with ease. Taking off is done by using the foot of the tool and scooping under the tyre bead, it is then used as a handle to quickly glide around the rim. To install you use the clip on the side to attach onto the rim which glides around the wheel to push a tyre into place with minimum effort.

The Parktool TL1.2, which comes in a pack of 3, sticks to the traditional design of tyre levers. Using the foot, scooping under the rim and working around until the tyre is off. To enable secure leverage the hook on the opposite end will attach to the spokes.  

Ease of Use - Which tool is easier to use for tire changes?

When it comes to ease of use, both tools have their own unique features that makes them stand out. The Tyre Glider has a foot scoop that allows for easy removal of the tire, and a clip on the side to guide the tire back onto the rim. These functions are completed with just the one tool. This design makes it easy for even a novice mechanic to use. On the other hand, the Parktool TL 1.2 has a unique shape that allows for easy entry into tight spaces between the rim and the tire, as well as a hook to hold the lever in place. However, the traditional design of the 3 levers means that it specialises in the removal rather than both the removal and the installation of tyres.

In the Workshop - Which tool is better suited for use in a workshop setting?

In a workshop setting, the Tyre Glider shines for its compactness and speed, making tire changes a breeze. However, the Parktool TL 1.2, which comes in a pack of three, is a solid choice for those who prefer a more traditional approach to tire changing. Although, getting back on tight fitting tyre will be difficult with the Parktool TL 1.2.

At the Roadside - Which tool is more convenient for changing tires on the go?

When it comes to changing tires on the go, both tools have their strengths. The Tyre Glider is small and easy to carry, making it a great option for those who want a compact tool to take with them. Of course the Tyre Glider also has the advantage of both removing and installing tyres with ease. The Parktool TL 1.2 comes in a pack of three, providing enough levers to work with on the roadside. However the Parktool TL 1.2 offers no option for reinstallation on the roadside, therefore if this can not be achieved by hand, then an additional tool will need to be carried.

MTB and Road Bike Tyres: - Which tool is more effective for changing tires on different types of bikes?

Both tools are suitable for changing tires on both mountain bikes and road bikes, but the Tyre Glider packs a stronger punch when it comes to tight fitting tyres. The Parktool TL 1.2 is slimmer in design meaning it doesn't have the same durability when faced with resistance. Meanwhile the Tyre Glider performs well in removing tyres but also really shines whilst installing tight tyres. The tool's clip attaches to the rim and glides around reseating the tyre as it goes. The tight section can then be glided on by driving the Tyre Glider downwards using the palm of your hand on the foot of the tool. 

Size and Weight - Which tool is more compact and lightweight?

The Tyre Glider measures 8cm in length, 4cm in height, and 3cm in width, and weighs 20g. The Parktool TL 1.2, on the other hand, measures 11.5cm in length, 2.5cm in height, and 1.5cm in width, and weighs 39g.

Tool Length (cm) Height (cm) Width (cm) Weight (g)
Tyre Glider 8 4 3 20
Parktool TL 1.2 11.5 2.5 1.5 39



Conclusion - Which tool is the overall better choice for tire changes?

Both the Tyre Glider and the Parktool TL 1.2 are great tools for changing tires, but they have their own unique features that make them stand out. If you're looking for a compact, all in one and easy-to-use tool, the Tyre Glider is the way to go. However, if you prefer a more traditional approach, the Parktool TL 1.2, with its pack of three, may be the better choice. Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference and the level of difficulty of the tire changing task at hand. Happy cycling!

Whilst we produce Cycling tools and products, including Tyre Glider, we always, give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences when reviewing products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own
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