I had a flat going into work this morning, something that usually happens only a couple of times a year. Fortunately, I had a spare tube and pump. Unfortunately, one of my Soma steel core tire levers failed.
In retrospect, I see that they got mixed reviews on Amazon.
However, by hook or by crook, I managed to finish changing the tire. I then rode over to the Bike Joint, where I got another spare tube, and some Park tire levers, which I hope will be better. Thanks Derek!
Going over to the Soma website, I see that they have a new version of the tire lever, and the write up more or less acknowledges that their old levers were not strong enough. However, the cross section doesn’t convince me that they added extra material in the right place.
We’ll see if the all plastic Park levers hold up better (especially in winter).
Update: according to a couple of places (including this site) the ones I should be getting are the Michelins, but they seem to be hard to find online.