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Old 12-02-14, 03:01 PM
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To center super-tight rim strips

insert a piece of waxed dental floss between the rim and the rimstrip when you start to install. Then when the strip snaps into place all wonky, just slide the floss all the way around the rim, just raising the strip enough to align it properly.
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Old 12-02-14, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ClarkinHawaii View Post
insert a piece of waxed dental floss between the rim and the rimstrip when you start to install. Then when the strip snaps into place all wonky, just slide the floss all the way around the rim, just raising the strip enough to align it properly.
Or a length of parcel ribbon, maybe a little easier on the fingers...
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Old 12-02-14, 03:22 PM
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My rim strips don't snap into place all wonky. I start at the valve hole. I have a screwdriver whose shaft exactly fits the valve hole. I insert the shaft through the hole in the rim strip, then through the rim and work the rim strip onto the rim finishing on the side opposite the valve hole. Works every time
The screwdriver I use is a # 2 Robertson, very common in Canada, rare elsewhere
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Old 12-02-14, 03:29 PM
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Ha, learn something new every day............. I have a set or two of those, and only knew them as square bits, common use as screws for campers in the US.......
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I simply lay a screwdriver acoss the rim when installing the strip. Then I can easily walk the screwdriver around the rim to allow the rim strip to float to center.

Sometimes I'll also stick a pencil or throwaway chopstick through the valve holes of both the strip and rim to keep them aligned, otherwise the screwdriver can be used to walk the valve hole up or down a few inches.
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I use a plutonium rod
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
I use a plutonium rod
Great idea, you can see it even when the lights are off.

I avoid the problem entirely by using Velox cloth tape. I align the strip's hole with the valve hole and just lay it around the rim bed until I get back to the start. Now for the question that should get this thread really going; do you trim Velox tape so the ends butt up against each other or do you overlap the ends?
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
My rim strips don't snap into place all wonky. I start at the valve hole. I have a screwdriver whose shaft exactly fits the valve hole. I insert the shaft through the hole in the rim strip, then through the rim and work the rim strip onto the rim finishing on the side opposite the valve hole. Works every time
The screwdriver I use is a # 2 Robertson, very common in Canada, rare elsewhere
Never heard of Robertson. Was he a cousin of Phillips? What does it looks like?
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Never heard of Robertson. Was he a cousin of Phillips? What does it looks like?
yes, he was a cousin, but while Phillips was cool, Robinson was a square.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Great idea, you can see it even when the lights are off.

I avoid the problem entirely by using Velox cloth tape. I align the strip's hole with the valve hole and just lay it around the rim bed until I get back to the start. Now for the question that should get this thread really going; do you trim Velox tape so the ends butt up against each other or do you overlap the ends?
Most of my wheels have veloplugs but recently used Velox on a newly-built tandem wheel and left a tape gap. Would this be a problem only for those with OCD?
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Most of my wheels have veloplugs but recently used Velox on a newly-built tandem wheel and left a tape gap. Would this be a problem only for those with OCD?
No, if you run into bicycle purists with X-ray vision you'll never hear the end of it.

In fact you shouldn't have said anything here. The purity police are already in the process of tracking you down and exposing you to the local community.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
yes, he was a cousin, but while Phillips was cool, Robinson was a square.
Of course Robinson was. But Robertson was a Canadian, so although his screwdrivers are square, he wasn't

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My latest favourite though are MOPP bundling tapes. They're thin as you wouldn't believe, great for tricky rim/tire combos. For a MTB in "trail" configuration, one layer is enough. For a multi-use MTB, I'd recommend two layers. Might need three to get it to work with narrow, high pressure road bikes.
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Since I had several tight rim strips to install, I tried the various methods described above. What worked out best for me was an old valve stem placed to hold the strip hole over the rim hole, then a screwdriver slid around the rim under the strip as described by FB in #5 above
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^ That's what I use, old stem + thin screwdriver.
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