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Old 07-05-07, 03:38 PM   #1
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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??

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Old 07-05-07, 03:49 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-05-07, 06:23 PM   #3
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I use Velox, but I am getting sick of the cost. Strapping tape sounds like a great alternative.
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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.
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I use Gaffer tape, 2 wraps. Its a heavy, cloth based tape that tears lengthwise easily. Get it at the photo store.
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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!
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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
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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.

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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.
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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
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I use hockey tape
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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No one else uses medical tape?
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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
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Velox. It is expensive, but it works the best AND it's re-usable.
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Medical tape here, my wife is a nurse, always some of that around.

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I use the reinforced strapping tape. It is cheap and easily available. I also use it on my own bikes. Velox is too expensive.
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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...
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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?
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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?
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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
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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
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