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Old 04-15-16, 07:58 AM
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More gorilla than gorilla.
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Old 04-15-16, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by lightspree
One or more small swatches of strong fabric (nylon fabrics made for outdoor gear, for example), plus a small tube of quality polyurethane adhesive (like those sold by McNett for just this sort of thing, and typically used for backpacking, kayaking, and other outdoor sports) would enable you to make much stronger repairs than Gorilla Tape. The strength of adhesion is much greater.

Gorilla Tape is more removable. Sometimes you want that, sometimes you don't.

Some of the outdoor fabrics will also stand up to abrasion and general wear and tear better than Gorilla Tape.

Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Tape can be out-gunned and out-gorilla'd.

I have a mild pet peeve about Gorilla Glue and other "gorilla" products. They ride on a word. There are better products out there.
I kinda get your point but ready made tape is hard to beat in convenience and versatility. I don't think the point with a tape repair is to last forever.

And I'd love to see a rim tape made of outdoor fabric and glue.

And I'd also love to see a duct tape better than gorilla tape
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I agree that Gorilla Tape is good for certain uses, and it is much stronger than the usual duct tape. Compared to average duct tape, it is very gorilla.
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Specific repairs I have made over the years include:

Re enforcing a split fiberglass tent pole for a dome tent. The fibers split because of over bending and I wrapped duct tape over the split. Been using that same pole for about twenty years.

Patch a hole in a rain fly. The tape wore out because of the sun and I sewed it after that.

Recently a nut worked loose from an adjustable stem. I wrapped the bolt end in place with gorilla tape to keep the bars on till I got home.
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In the days of 35 mm film, I used to carry one plastic film container on tour, wrapped with a couple of feet of duct tape. I don't remember what I stored in the film container, but it might have been a roll of film!

I've been touring for decades, and only used duct tape once for an emergency repair. But I also carry extra bolts and nuts (never used), a tire boot (purchased in 1998, and still not used), a few extra pads for the inside of my helmet (never used), and a spoke wrench (never used).

Although these items are rarely needed, for peace of mind, I will continue to bring them. They weigh practically nothing, and take up little space.

The best in-the-field McGyver job I did on tour was repairing a snapped weld on a rear rack. I wrapped the tubes together with dental floss, and "plasticized" the floss with Crazy Glue. The fix held three years!
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