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Old 03-17-08, 10:14 PM
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gaffer tape vs duct tape

Everybody carries duct tape on tour but has anyone tried using gaffer tape?

Wikipedia describes gaffer tape as "a strong, pressure-sensitive, cotton cloth adhesive tape" and says "Gaffer tape should not be compared to duct tape, a far cheaper product which does not tear cleanly and leaves a residue when removed". Gaffer tape was strongly recommended on a backpacker site I saw recently but some cyclist feedback would be great.
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gaffers tape is waaaaaaaay better. less likely to leave all that nasty funk behind. growing up my dad was in the motion picture biz so we always had a few rolls of olive drab gaffers around, great stuff.....honestly im not sure where to buy it and i know its way more expensive.....smells better too!!!
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I have never carried duct tape on any of my tours. I can't think why I would.

I do carry a bit of electrical tape though, and occasionally a bit of packing tape for my bicycle box.

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Duct tape becomes Gaffer tape when used on the over 50 forum. Just kidding.
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I have never had the need for either, but I do carry lots of zip ties. Gaffers tape is nice, but a lot more expensive than duct tape.
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I use gaffers tape every day. Gaffers tape is expensive. It is designed to be removed without leaving a residue. It is designed to hold well for a short period of time. I have found it does not hold well unless the surface you are taping is clean and dry. It doesn't hold up well when exposed to the sun for a few days. That being said
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I prefer duct tape, the gaffer tape I've used does leave a residue, is heavier, things stick to the side of the roll, and it is harder to remove when it has been on for a few days. It is however very easy to tear cleanly. Both tapes were 3M so the problem was not the quality of the product.
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Question -

You've said that you need to apply gaffers tape to clean, dry surfaces. What about skin surfaces that sweat? I've been using duct tape to hold a magnet above a medical device implanted in my chest wall (turns the device off while I ride), but the sticky residue is difficult to get off of skin, especially after riding a few days without a long, hot shower.
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Duct tape... gaffer tape... electrical tape... thank goodness we live in a world where strong, relatively waterproof adhesive tapes can be purchased at any hardware store for a modest amount.

I wrap a few feet of duct tape around a plastic film canister or soap dispenser for my tours. I've never needed more than a few inches, but I have always been glad to have tape. I once fixed a broken rear rack -- one of the welds snapped -- with dental floss, crazy glue and about four inches of duct tape.

I read in book about emergency mountain bike repairs that a cracked frame can be made (somewhat) ridable by bracing the tube with sticks, and wrapping the area with duct tape. The author does not explain how it is possible to smash up a frame so badly...
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