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    Cloth rim tape

    Hiya

    I just bought a roll of schwalbe cloth rim tape. The guy at the shop said one roll should be used for 1 bike. But after going one round around the wheel, i still have enough tape for a 2nd round. Should I double layer it?

    Oh another thing, it doesnt have holes for the valve. Should i just start and end at opposite ends of the valve hole?

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    I'm thinking that if you double layer the rim tape you'll have a lot more difficulty installing your tires. Save the excess for another wheel.

    I used to cut valve holes in rim tape but today I just start and end adjacent to the rims valve hole. I've yet to have a problem that I could attribute to doing it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tansc
    Hiya

    I just bought a roll of schwalbe cloth rim tape. The guy at the shop said one roll should be used for 1 bike. But after going one round around the wheel, i still have enough tape for a 2nd round. Should I double layer it?

    Oh another thing, it doesnt have holes for the valve. Should i just start and end at opposite ends of the valve hole?

    Cheers
    Sing
    one roll = one bike

    one bike = 2 wheels (save the excess for your other wheel)

    Shouldn't be too hard to cut or punch a hole for the valve stem.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    I'm thinking that if you double layer the rim tape you'll have a lot more difficulty installing your tires. Save the excess for another wheel.

    I used to cut valve holes in rim tape but today I just start and end adjacent to the rims valve hole. I've yet to have a problem that I could attribute to doing it that way.
    That's good to know. My concern would have been that not overlapping would cause slippage at some point down the road, but that's a perception not based on experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    That's good to know. My concern would have been that not overlapping would cause slippage at some point down the road, but that's a perception not based on experience.
    The pressure of an inflated tire, combined with the adhesive on the tape, is more than enough to prevent the tape from slipping.
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    ^^, except VERY IMPORTANT to get the correct width tape. Even with the adhesive and tire pressure the tape can slip if it's too narrow. Should cover flange to flange (or rim side to rim side). Learned the hard way....

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    I've had some slippage with Velox tapes, but perhaps this was brought about by riding in wet conditions as the adhesive lost a bit of its sticking power. It might be best to have at least two inches of overlap, and cut the valve hole in the overlap area, so as to 'hold' the tape in place a bit.

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