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Old 10-04-08, 03:58 AM
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PSA - Rim Tape - save your scraps

I had to replace a rounded nipple so I cut an X into the rim tape over the hole to replace it but neglected to patch the hole before reinstalling the tube/tire. Didn't think about the tube finding it's way into that breech under 100lbs of air pressure and popping...



Glad I saved the 6" of scraps I trimmed off when putting the tape on my wheelset.

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Nice tip. Please post this in the Tips and Tricks thread up at the top.
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Rim tape? My bikes had giant rubber bands protecting the tube. I'd guess electrical tape would be a good substitute and it's cheap.
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I never understood the necessity of rim specific tape over other rubber tapes or bands.
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Originally Posted by b1g bleu View Post
Rim tape? My bikes had giant rubber bands protecting the tube. I'd guess electrical tape would be a good substitute and it's cheap.
Electrical tape is not a rim tape substitute, especially if high pressure is involved 80+psi that is typical on a normal road bike.
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I never understood the necessity of rim specific tape over other rubber tapes or bands.
Rubber tape and bands are desinged for low pressure use.
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Originally Posted by DMF View Post
Nice tip. Please post this in the Tips and Tricks thread up at the top.
This tip only applies if you don't like doing things the proper way. Which is to replace the rim tape (if it has to be destrctively removed) or take it off completely if it can be reused.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
This tip only applies if you don't like doing things the proper way. Which is to replace the rim tape (if it has to be destrctively removed) or take it off completely if it can be reused.
I rarely have to buy rim tape anymore because I have a good collection of used that I reuse. I've always used Velox, and if necessary just use spray adhesive to the stuff that has lost its stickyness.
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
...and if necessary just use spray adhesive to the stuff that has lost its stickyness.
Nice tip!

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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Rubber tape and bands are desinged for low pressure use.
Schwalbe makes a great high pressure plastic rim tape.

http://www.schwalbetires.com/accessories/rim_tape
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Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
Schwalbe makes a great high pressure plastic rim tape.

http://www.schwalbetires.com/accessories/rim_tape
That's what came on my bike. By 1500 miles, it had worked its way off center over some holes and I started getting flats. And when it gets off center then the pressure pushes it into the hole and it deforms, so it won't stay put if you try to move it back into place.

One wheel now has rim tape. On the other, I actually used old scraps of rim tape to cover just the places where that Schwalbe strip had moved too much, but I expect I'll be replacing that hacky solution with rim tape at some point.

All my experiences with different rim tape substitutes and the flats they cause has left me wondering what's so horrible about Velox that people keep trying to find substitutes that don't work.
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Velox is fine - it works!
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That's what came on my bike. By 1500 miles, it had worked its way off center over some holes and I started getting flats. And when it gets off center then the pressure pushes it into the hole and it deforms, so it won't stay put if you try to move it back into place.

One wheel now has rim tape. On the other, I actually used old scraps of rim tape to cover just the places where that Schwalbe strip had moved too much, but I expect I'll be replacing that hacky solution with rim tape at some point.

All my experiences with different rim tape substitutes and the flats they cause has left me wondering what's so horrible about Velox that people keep trying to find substitutes that don't work.
Odd, maybe yours somehow was installed incorrectly. I've had thousands of kilometers on it with no problems on multiple wheelsets; in fact the Latvian National Team uses it, and I haven't heard of any problems from their head mechanic, who I'm friendly with.
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Originally Posted by b1g bleu View Post
Rim tape? My bikes had giant rubber bands protecting the tube. I'd guess electrical tape would be a good substitute and it's cheap.


Sorry but it is not. Eventually, and probably quickly, the 100 + pounds of pressure in a typical road tube will push through electrical tape and squeeze into a rim's spoke hole to cause the tube to pop. Duct tape is better but I wouldn't trust it either, or any of the cheap rubber rim strips some manufacturers use.

For me, I always use Velox because its the best. Its the 'holy grail' of rim strips and all my bikes have them.
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On a double wall rim I would stick to rim tape. However there are many older single wall rims that will take high pressure and rubber strips or electrical tape will work just fine. In fact many orginally came with cloth strips.
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I still have rim strips on my Super Champion rims. They haven't caused any problems and they've been that way since 1974.
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