If you want to be able to change or repair a tube or tubeless tire while on the road, you’ll need to pack along tire irons to get the tire off the rim. They don’t call ‘em irons for nothing… Conventional tire irons are plenty heavy, especially for something you may never use (except in your garage workshop), so we developed these high-tech supersonic aerospace versions to lighten your load and help you change tires in a swank, ultralight manner. Surprisingly there was quite a bit of trial-and-error and design detail work to get the exact best radiuses for the curved spoon ends. Some irons make you fight with the job, but these work easily and make it harder to accidentally pinch a tube. One pair weighs only 6.4 oz., compared to 9-12 oz. for typical steel tire irons. Great for carrying on trips and for street, off-road, and dual sport riding. A super high-tech tool for a Stone Age job, these beauts are that rare combination of the exotic and utterly practical. 9.25" long. 3.2 oz. each.
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- they work better than you'd think!Review by roadoiler
- The ONE feature that really makes these tire irons work, is the notch in the straight tip (the other end us spooned). When your putting your tire back on the rim- you feel it hit the rim and you know NOW you can leverage the bead over the rim with out fear of pinching your tube-I am a champion tube pincher- until I bought these irons. They ARE strong too. I was most impressed. (Posted on 4/19/11)
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The Ti Tire Iron Availability Back-story:
Unfortunately we don't have any of the Ti tire irons right now, and don't know when we will. Long ago I hated motorcycle tire irons because A) they were all steel and so heavy to carry, and B) they always got rusty sitting in a bag on my bike exposed to rain which wasn't perfectly waterproof. This was a long time ago. I didn't want to coat them in oil, and no plastic bag would have been tough enough not to develop leaks and hold water in, accelerating the rusting further. So one day I thought: "We should make the coolest high-tech tire irons ever." and we developed the Ti ones and all was good. They sold well for many years.
Then two things happened: 1) A few years ago the price of Titanium went way up. When we first developed Ti tire irons twenty years ago it was newly relatively cheap because the Soviet Union, where most of it was mined, had just collapsed. It had suddenly become available world-wide at a good price. Before then it had been almost unobtainable except for military and space program uses. 2) Several other companies noticed what we'd done with titanium and decided to develop forged aluminum tire irons which solved he same two problems I'd had with my old-fashioned tire irons, but at far less cost. We now sell some of these (#2566) and they work fine. The only thing lacking is that they are not quite as cool as the Ti ones were.
Occasionally some of the Aerostich Ti tire irons come up for sale on eBay. Prices sometimes reflect their rarity. Currently we are continuing to work on developing a supply chain for our Ti tire irons which will work with the retail price being about double what it once was (and that was a lot even with the old supply chain…) and if we are ever successful they'll become available again. They worked very well…but they won't be in our print catalogs in 2016.
– Mr. Subjective, March 2016