Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
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Originally Posted by Bklyn
Repaired a flat last night. The puncture I'm sure came from a spoke. I recently had the wheels trued; the spoke take was ripped in a couple spots. (Tape hasn't been changed in ages.) My question is not whether I need new rimp tape. (I do, right?) But can I get away with riding the bike to the LBS to buy the rim tape? And while I'm at it, what kind of tape do I need? (This is for a road bike with 28C in front and 25C in rear.)
I'm thinking that there might be more to your problem than just rim tape.
Single wall rims, right? I suspect that when your wheels were trued some of the spokes have stuck through the nipples and that's what's causing your problem. If that's the case, a couple layers of electrical tape or even the vaunted Velox rim tape probably isn't going to solve your problem. You need to get a little file and file down all of the offending spoke tips before replacing the rim tape.
If you have double wall rims the spoke ends probably won't stick up far enough to damage your inner tube. What happens, however, is that if even the slightest crescent of a spoke hole is exposed, your tire pressure will push your inner tube into that space and cut the inner tube. If that's your problem the important thing is to get rim tape that is the right width to fit the whole space from rim flange to rim flange.
As for riding your bike to the LBS, how far is it, how lucky do you feel, and how are you going to feel if you have to replace yet another innertube halfway to the shop? If it was my bike, this is one repair that I'd do at home.