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Warning!! Stay away from plastic rim strip!

Old 08-24-10, 10:58 PM
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Warning!! Stay away from plastic rim strip!

My plastic rim strip melted and caused a flat. Luckily, the flat happened in my garage and not while I was descending 4000 ft last Saturday. No more plastic strip for me from now on.





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Old 08-24-10, 11:11 PM
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Yeah, I never had luck with those. I just chuck them anytime I find them on a wheel, same with the rubber and cheapy fabric stuff. I have been using Zefal and Velox rim tape exclusively for the past year and a half without any issues.
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Old 08-24-10, 11:14 PM
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I have used velo plugs, but for rim tape you can not go wrong with Velox
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I had a set of wheels that was just eating tubes at one point. Velox rim tape solved the problem.
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+1 to Velox/ Zefal. There is nothing more durable than cloth (or lighter, for the weight weanies to whom that matters).
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Lightest and strongest is glasfiber plastic tape. Get the model with threads only along its length because they are so easy to strip in desired width.
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Ive never had that sort of problem with plastic but I suppose it depends on climate?

I have examined old rim strips and found plastic cracking at the spoke openings before though, but same with cloth, probably a coincidence but the first few times I came across rim strips having holes in them was with cloth and it left a sour taste and always thought plastic was superior since.

I have some ritchey ones lately, not sure what they are made from, look like plastic at a glance but seems more advanced.
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Old 08-25-10, 06:08 AM
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And when the plastic shifts a bit to the side, the edge of it can cut the tube. And since the pressure molds the plastic, you can't shift it back because it won't give up its new shape.
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this is not an issue with tubulars but on my clinchers it is Velox
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+1 to what noglider said. I've replaced plenty of rim strips in that state.
It does not really depend on climate because plasticizers tend to creep under pressure, though some are better than others.
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