I have the longer steel ones, but they stay at home. Not the best for spooning on tires, but good to break beads on dirt bikes etc... I found that three short steel spoons from the stealer work well on the road, and slid in under the passenger seat. I have to ask...why pull a tire for a patch? if the snooty plug is installed properly, it will never give you any issues. I've plugged tires, and ended up running them until the tread was done. No issues. We even had one punture, where the tire was slighlty slit, and two or three snooty plugs sorted it. Again, to each his own. No mar is a no go for on bike but I do have the standard blue jobbie at home. Damn handy. Much better than doing it by hand. The bead breaker is esp. handy.