Tire lever with integrated tubeless valve tool

ENVE art director has his own Snēk tool on Kickstarter

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
The Lifeboat is a tubeless valve core tool with an integrated bottle opener. Oh, and it's a tire lever, too

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.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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