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Old 09-27-18, 04:41 PM
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Rim tape and punctures on difficult wheels

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I ride a new Trek Madone 9.5 and the wheels are Aeolus Pro 3. Its very difficult taking the Tyre off the rim, and i have found that placing the tyre in to the centre of the rim is the only way to take the tyre off and putting the tyre back on. Problem with this is, since i started changing tyres this way, it has moved the rim tape, exposed the spoke holes, and created more punctures. I have ordered some new rim tape from Bontrager. Can someone give me some advice on please.
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I place the tube in the tire and put the valve in place, slip one side of tire bead on the rim then the other. I have puncture proof tires there a bit harder to mount so, a little soapy water is a big help.

I dont see how your tearing the liner, what are you using to remove your tires? Get some proper tire tools they simplify removing the beads. I like the ones that hook a spoke and free up a hand.
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I have had rim/tire combinations that were really difficult.

I had some Bontrager rims with Bontrager tires that were a beotch to remove. I swapped the tires for a different brand (Conti's) and had no problem removing or installing them.
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Hmm running tubeless ?? Try that maybe .
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There has been a rapid change from ordinary rims to "tubeless ready" rims. But, lots of reports of tires being a bear to mount.

A few brands are experimenting with no through spoke hole rims. And, thus no tape. But, that brings with it it's own issues... just different ones issues.

Several people have reported good luck with thin, slick, sticky tape such as Stan's No Tubes tape (I think).

Veloplugs may work in some cases, but you may have too much curvature at the place where the spoke holes are drilled for those to work well.
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Nice looking bike. I'd go with the 'try a different tyre' suggestion, but that may not help. My recumbent bike had Velocity rims that seemed to be just a fraction bigger than standard and were really, really difficult to get any tyre on to. In the end I bought some high quality metal tyre levers (cheaper ones just bent and/or broke) and used brute force. I never damaged the rim tape, however - I'm curious to know how you did that. Also, why are you taking the tyre off so often? I'm using Conti GP 4 Seasons and reckon to go at least a couple of thousand miles without puncturing.
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Some thin 3m electrician tape should hold the liner in place. Nothing crazy just a strip around each outer edge of the liner. When or if it gets rips simply change it.
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