Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 25 of 25
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    1,418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Too many rims, not enough tape

    What do you guys, the ones that build lots of bikes, use for rim tape/strips? I would go broke if I bought Velox for all the bikes I refurb. There has to be a cheaper solution, other than the old rubber strips (my duct tape idea was shot down in another thread). Or are the rubber strips ok for most of our vintage stuff... as long as we don't excede xx lbs air pressure??
    Last edited by McDave; 07-05-07 at 03:47 PM.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    5,285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use rubber on my flippers. Talk to the junk man in your neighborhood (Does anyone else call them 'sheenymen' or is that a Detroit thing?). See if you can work out a deal with him on bike wheels. He's only grabbing them for the metal, strip the tires and rim tape and give him back the junk. I'm sure he'd sell you any bikes he has rather than get scrap price for them.

  3. #3
    feros ferio John E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
    My Bikes
    1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
    Posts
    14,678
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use Velox, but I am getting sick of the cost. Strapping tape sounds like a great alternative.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

  4. #4
    Senior Member amnomad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    St. Louis
    Posts
    394
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Strapping tape does sound like a good idea. I bought a ton of those nylon rim strips from nashbar when they were on sale, I see now they are 2.99 a pair.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    My Bikes
    Cinelli, Paramount, Raleigh, Carlton, Zeus, Gemniani, Frejus, Legnano, Pinarello, Falcon
    Posts
    5,775
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use Gaffer tape, 2 wraps. Its a heavy, cloth based tape that tears lengthwise easily. Get it at the photo store.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,414
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are doing a lot of builds it's worth buying the giant bike store roll of Velox. It's a big outlay, but much cheaper than buying them by the individual roll. Nothing works as well. I love my giant roll of Velox!

  7. #7
    K2ProFlex baby! ilikebikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    My response would have been something along the lines of: "Does your bike have computer controlled suspension? Then shut your piehole, this baby is from the future!"
    My Bikes
    to many to list
    Posts
    6,098
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use regular electrical tape when I need to, it works just fine, been doing it since I was a kid (30+ years ago!) and never had a problem

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    7,708
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I will also use electrical tape, but the heavy duty type that's rated to keep adhering at extreme temperatures. It's not as expensive as Velox or rim tape, but not as cheap as the electrical tape you buy at the drugstore.

    Neal

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    804
    My Bikes
    giant TCR campy-shimano mix/ Trek fuel 80/ Fuji track
    Posts
    293
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i just do a couple of loops of electric tape. I figuer that the tubes pressure will keep everything in place should the adhesive ever decide to let go.

  10. #10
    Senior Member BikeManDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    1,300
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by enjoi
    i just do a couple of loops of electric tape. I figuer that the tubes pressure will keep everything in place should the adhesive ever decide to let go.
    I was just working with a 30 year old wheel that had electrical tape on it and although I can't tell when it was put on, I can say the tape was still sticky

  11. #11
    Senior Member FlatFender's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Raleigh NC
    Posts
    989
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use hockey tape

  12. #12
    Stop reading my posts! unworthy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    8,210
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Now I let you in on my little secret...and then I must kill, no sorry, just kidding. If they still have it, you can get a massive roll of white fabric tape from www.sciplus.com
    this being American Science and Surplus, purveyors of weird stuff. They sold this big roll (equivalent to a shop size of Velox) for only about $5. Only thing is it's pretty wide, best suited for Mtn. bike or Touring/Tandem rims...unless you have a lathe to cut it down.
    I saw a guy selling the very stuff at a swapmeet for $20 a roll, but didn't say a word...I knew where he'd found it and I wasn't biting.

  13. #13
    Muscle bike design spec robtown's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Sterling VA
    My Bikes
    98 Giant CFR-TEAM, 00 Lemond, 08 Kestrel Evoke, 96 Colnago Master Olympic, 01 Colnago Ovalmaster, Raleigh Gran Sport, 03 Fuji World, 86 Paramount, 90 Miyata CF, 09 Ritchey Breakaway CX, Bianchi Trofeo, 12 HyperLite
    Posts
    3,651
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FlatFender
    I use hockey tape
    I'll try that. I have two new sets of wheels and have run out of the 99 cent special PricePoint tape. They do have it for $2 but shipping costs and the 10 day wait are killers.
    I did try some old-style, very thick stretchy electrical tape but had to cut it down. Didn't think about weight
    Korval is Ships
    See my Hyperlite 411 it's the photo model on OutRiderUSA web page

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    NW Ohio
    My Bikes
    1984 Miyata 310, 1989 Club Fuji, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem
    Posts
    1,167
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't know why the other thread shot down your duct tape idea, I found a roll of 3/4 inch duct tape that works pretty well for rim strip. It left some gooey residue when I removed it, though.

  15. #15
    Pedalpower clayface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    368
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A strip of old inner tube cut to measure. Use sand paper on both sides (the same as with a patch) and apply some kind of superglue/cyano and make a hole for the valve on the overlap of both sides. It can be removed off the rim as many times as wanted and the process takes no more than five minutes.
    Roberto

    Thorn Club Tour

  16. #16
    * vpiuva's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    3,458
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No one else uses medical tape?

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Pleasanton Tx
    My Bikes
    old,older.and very old
    Posts
    1,014
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You could use Bias tape from an uphostory supply--looks like Velox---or you might try that metal duck tape--but I'd go with the Bias tape---sam

  18. #18
    crotchety young dude el twe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    SF, CA
    My Bikes
    IRO Angus; Casati Gold Line; Redline 925; '72 Schwinn Olympic Paramount
    Posts
    4,818
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Velox. It is expensive, but it works the best AND it's re-usable.
    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
    IRO Angus Casati Gold Line

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    mountains
    My Bikes
    Alex Singer+ cheap mountain bike
    Posts
    117
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Medical tape here, my wife is a nurse, always some of that around.

    Don

  20. #20
    N+1 redxj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Ann Arbor, MI
    My Bikes
    A few
    Posts
    1,326
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use the reinforced strapping tape. It is cheap and easily available. I also use it on my own bikes. Velox is too expensive.

  21. #21
    Vinyl Junkie mishmashmusic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    My Bikes
    Miele Gara, Schwinn Moab 2, Specialized Hardrock, various other bikes in disrepair
    Posts
    185
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by unworthy1
    Now I let you in on my little secret...and then I must kill, no sorry, just kidding. If they still have it, you can get a massive roll of white fabric tape from www.sciplus.com
    this being American Science and Surplus, purveyors of weird stuff. They sold this big roll (equivalent to a shop size of Velox) for only about $5. Only thing is it's pretty wide, best suited for Mtn. bike or Touring/Tandem rims...unless you have a lathe to cut it down.
    I saw a guy selling the very stuff at a swapmeet for $20 a roll, but didn't say a word...I knew where he'd found it and I wasn't biting.
    Thanks for the link. The item descriptions on that site are hilarious... Do you remember exactly which tape it was? They have a few different things there...

  22. #22
    Stop reading my posts! unworthy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    8,210
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like they sold out on that tape, too bad cause it was basically the wide Velox without the branding at a fraction of the cost. Maybe they'll find some more and bring it back, or...anybody want a roll for $20?

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    1,418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks to all that responded! At the end of the day I went with Hockey Tape. It's cheap and plentiful on ebay, is water resistant, has a good adhesive that likely won't get gummy like duct tape, and is also very tough stuff. It takes a good pair of scissors just to cut it.

    Downside? It's so tough it's difficult to strip lengthwise, but still do-able (need scissors to get it started though). It's also very thin but is so tough I imagine it will perform better than the stretchable plastic rim strips like Nashbar sells.

    Did I say it was tough... and cheap!? Thoughts/experiences?

  24. #24
    Vinyl Junkie mishmashmusic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    My Bikes
    Miele Gara, Schwinn Moab 2, Specialized Hardrock, various other bikes in disrepair
    Posts
    185
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is hockey tape like gaffer tape --- cloth based and somewhat re-usable if you remove it?

    We don't have much hockey down here in the South

  25. #25
    Leather and Canvas Fetish
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    263
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gaffers tape is great stuff...but if you don't want to buy the expensive 2" roll, you can get "spike tape" which comes in 1/2" width. Only good for narrower rims, though.

    http://www.identi-tape.com/gaffer1-2.html

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •