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    Rim Tape

    I've used Velox cloth rim tape for many years, always installing it the way I was originally shown; with the ends overlaping about an inch. Recently I redid my everyday road wheels and for some reason I cut the tape so the ends just met with no overlap.

    Here's the weird part: for those same many years I have always had a slight thump in my wheels which I always assumed was the valve, and now it's gone! I cannot believe I tolerated that stupid bump unnecessarily for so long!

    Am I the only one who didn't know this..?
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    Do you ride on track when you notice the thump?
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    "Noticed" is more accurate; it's gone now (was I unclear in the OP? Not the first time...).

    I noticed it on all surfaces, however.
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    I've always overlapped the tape ends and have never noticed these 'thumps'.
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    It's probably just my weirdness; you'd think I'd be used to it by now...
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    I've always cut the tape so it's butted, not overlapped. I don't see any reason to do it differently.

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    The only way it could cause a bump would be if the rim tape was too wide. It could then get sandwiched between the tyre bead and the rim bed preventing the tyre beat from seating correctly.
    If the rim tape is narrow enough that it doesn't foul the tyre bead the overlap won't make any difference.

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    yeah as said above, I find it hard to belive the tape would add any sort of bump to your ride unless it had some really strange factors involved.

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    Yeah, I suspected the thump was caused by the tyre-bead not seating evenly around the rim. Like the tube being pinched somewhere. Common spot is at the valve-stem, you have to remember to push up on the valve-stem to make sure that all of the tube in that area is fully inside the tyre. Even then, it's still a good idea to pull the tyre sideways all the way around and inspect for pinched tubes.

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    I dont know if it helps or not but I read somwhere that its good habit to once you have inflated the tire all the way. Deflate it then pump it back up to help evenly fit the tube and help prevent and get rid of kinks.

    I do this since it cant hurt but I dont know if it really helps or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 古強者死神
    I dont know if it helps or not but I read somwhere that its good habit to once you have inflated the tire all the way. Deflate it then pump it back up to help evenly fit the tube and help prevent and get rid of kinks.

    I do this since it cant hurt but I dont know if it really helps or not.
    I do this as a matter of routine. It does help and is advisable (as well as a coating of talc).

    I really don't get how fastidious people tend to be on the matter of rim tape. I don't know what kind of rim tape I have on my bikes because its covered with a couple of layers of electrical tape (very pretty yellow tape on one ) and as good as forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    I've always cut the tape so it's butted, not overlapped. I don't see any reason to do it differently.
    Ditto!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmfnla
    It's probably just my weirdness; you'd think I'd be used to it by now...
    Are you the character from The Princess and the Pea?



    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Lex
    Are you the character from The Princess and the Pea?



    Bob
    No, I'm straight.

    As for properly seating the tire, I couldn't sleep at night if a tire wasn't properly seated.
    And no, the tape isn't too wide.

    OK, guess it's just me (again, not the first time).

    Thx.
    Today, I believe my jurisdiction ends here...

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