The tire lever and the tubeless valve core removal tool are both humble pieces of equipment. While some levers are stronger or better than others, the little core remover is pretty hard to mess up – but pretty easy to lose. What if you combine the two tools? That is exactly what Jonny Hintz has done with the Snēk Cycling Lifeboat Tire Lever.
Hintz is the art director at ENVE Composites and the founder of Snēk Cycling, which already has a line of merino cycling accessories.
He came up with the Lifeboat Tire Lever after getting frustrated with losing valve core tools, and trying to remove the valve with other things, like a tire lever.
The Lifeboat is a tubeless valve core tool with an integrated bottle opener. Oh, and it’s a tire lever, too Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
The Lifeboat Tire Lever has a plastic exterior so it won’t damage your rims, but a metal core so the lever won’t break.
Oh, and the back end of the lever is a bottle opener. Because beer.
Interested? Check on Hintz’s Kickstarter page. $9 will get you a Lifeboat lever in November if he meets his goal. As of June 8, he was over halfway to his total goal of $9,500.