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Old 06-02-09, 03:26 PM
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BWW rim tape

Is the rim tape that comes with wheels from bicycle wheel warehouse any good, should I use it or go buy some ?
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Old 06-02-09, 04:05 PM
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It's likely to be the plastic strap kind. I've never had any problems with that type of rim strip. I've read of people who have and I've read of people who have switched to it from the more popular choice of Velox tape to solve an issue. In conclusion of this semi-useless post, I prefer Velox tape.
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Old 06-02-09, 04:10 PM
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Rim tape really only need to cover spoke ends, and the holes in double walled rims. If it does that well, then I say it works perfectly. Velox is nice to work with because you can take it on and off, and seems to stay put well. But, I would not proactively replace what you have unless you have some reason to do so.

But, for full disclosure, I should also admit that I regularly use black strapping tape (not as sticky as the glass-fiber kind) as rim tape. So some might question my judgment.

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I, too, prefer Velox rim-strap. Hard to argue with it's being good - when I took apart 2 25 year old wheels and the Velox was still intact and working fine.
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Old 06-02-09, 07:13 PM
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I, too, prefer Velox rim-strap. Hard to argue with it's being good - when I took apart 2 25 year old wheels and the Velox was still intact and working fine.
+1. Velox does indeed last a long time and is entirely reusable. When it loses its stickiness, use spray adhesive.
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Originally Posted by thecyclist View Post
Is the rim tape that comes with wheels from bicycle wheel warehouse any good, should I use it or go buy some ?
I've got both BWW tapes and Velox on my wheels. The BWW tape is just fine and I've used mine for a few hundred miles. The Velox is more of a basic cloth weave and the BWW looks like a synthetic weave with what seems like a shiny plastic coating. The weave still can be felt. It's not dead smooth. I can't imagine why one would do a better or worse job than the other.
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