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Is rim tape enough?

Old 07-28-09, 01:31 AM
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Is rim tape enough?

I heard stories where rim tape moves to expose the spoke holes and the tube pops.
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Old 07-28-09, 01:34 AM
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yes its enough. itd be extremely rare that anything like that would happen
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Old 07-28-09, 01:37 AM
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velox ftw
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Old 07-28-09, 01:43 AM
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I highly doubt that would happen, rim tape is pretty damn sticky and for it to move like that would probably not happen. I just put some on today on my new wheelset and after putting it down and redoing a little bit of it the adhesive was already pretty stuck to the rim.
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Old 07-28-09, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by northsjfixed View Post
I heard stories where rim tape moves to expose the spoke holes and the tube pops.
I've seen this happen numeorus times, usually with cheap, old, or defective rim tape. The tube can push the tape too far into the hole, exposing the edge, which can cut the tube. If you are getting punctures on the inside of the tube, the solution is to install new rim tape.
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Old 07-28-09, 06:44 AM
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get some rim plugs.
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Old 07-28-09, 06:58 AM
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i usually use electrical tape, because it's cheaper and i already have tons of it around.
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Old 07-28-09, 07:00 AM
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Yeah, this happens with the crappy rubber or loosely fitted plastic rim strips. Virtually never happens with adhesive or plugs.
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Old 07-28-09, 07:02 AM
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i heard stories of bigfoot!
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Old 07-28-09, 08:13 AM
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Just have the nipples tig welded to the rim, ground smooth, then spun on a lathe. OP = best bf troll.
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Old 07-28-09, 08:36 AM
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Veloplugs ftw.
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Old 07-28-09, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
Just have the nipples tig welded to the rim, ground smooth, then spun on a lathe. OP = best bf troll.
Please, braze them in. The head of TIG welding distorts the heat treatment of the spokes.
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Old 07-28-09, 03:50 PM
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Velox +1

land it on the holes, then when you inflate the tire the pressure will set the adhesive
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Velox +2
plastic rim strips without adhesive will move
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I've started using metal a/c duce tape cut in thin strips then cloth bias tape(most likely could do with out the bias tape)--cheep to use after you originally but the supplies.The bias tape can also be used for bar rap.
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Don't use rim tape but rather the appropriately sized rim strip - often erroneously called "tape", but the difference is, it doesn't have a glued side and it's a continuous circle. It shoud fit your rim snugly. I've tried several rim strips, and the highest quality, in my opinion, is that of the Schwalbe rim strips.

EDIT: I just noticed others suggested rim strips already. Take my post as yet another recommendation.
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i want to like veloplugs, but velox is the way to go.
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Old 07-29-09, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by skinnyland View Post
i usually use electrical tape, because it's cheaper and i already have tons of it around.
I use electrical tape a bunch, but you've gotta beware. With higher pressure tires (>85PSI) I've had the tube stretch through the tape and rub against the nipple.

Rim tape is solid stuff, I'd go for it if you can get your hands on some and you're not super hurried.
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Old 07-29-09, 08:02 PM
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Rim tape is solid stuff, I'd go for it if you can get your hands on some and you're not super hurried.

How is rim tape "hard to get you're hands on"? Not being mean, just curious because my lbs has a grip of it laying around.
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Old 07-29-09, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by golfer007 View Post
Rim tape is solid stuff, I'd go for it if you can get your hands on some and you're not super hurried.

How is rim tape "hard to get you're hands on"? Not being mean, just curious because my lbs has a grip of it laying around.
A grip? Where have I heard that term before...
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Old 07-30-09, 08:44 AM
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I just fixed a flat on my wife's bike yesterday. Turns out the Velox rim tape had shifted enough to expose the nipples. But it had been on there for 30 years, since I originally built the wheels.

I put another Velox tape on it and it should be good for another 30 years.
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Old 08-03-09, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by skinnyland View Post
i usually use electrical tape, because it's cheaper and i already have tons of it around.
Don't do this. The tube will pop through unless you use a ton of it and the adhesive melts and make a big mess in the wheel. Same goes for duct tape (re: messy).

My favorite is the Schwalbe plastic strip
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Old 08-03-09, 08:12 AM
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DEDA > Velox
Velox > gaff tape
gaff tape > electrical tape
electrical tape > chewing gum
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Old 08-03-09, 10:10 AM
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i like rim strips, you can adjust them without lost of the sticky backing of rim tape and you can reuse it. also it gives me a tighter fit around the rim so it doesn't shift around. i use the nashbar one and haven't had a popped tubes so far
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