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rim tape with no valve hole in it?(8 posts)

rim tape with no valve hole in it?DougSloan
Feb 8, 2003 9:12 AM
I've always used Velox, which has a hole for the valve, and then overlaps bit. Just got some Ritchey tape, and it has no valve hole. Do you poke a hole, or just tape up to the hole on each side? Thanks.

re: rim tape with no valve hole in it?carpe_podium
Feb 8, 2003 9:21 AM
I always cut a hole, not sure if it matters though. I worry about cutting the tube where the stem enters it. I've had tubes fail in that location before.
I think the bike shops buy Velox in bulk this wayB2
Feb 8, 2003 10:00 AM
I got a wheel back from my LBS once with the rim tape left just shy on either side of the valve hole. When I asked them about it, they said they buy it in bulk (no holes).

Seems like it would have been better to cut a hole, but I never had any problems.

Put the heat on!seyboro
Feb 8, 2003 10:28 AM
I bought some Continental 'high pressure' tape w/out pre-punched holes. I put some in by melting the tape at the valve hole with a candle and a small knife. Did think it was kinda odd, though.
re: rim tape with no valve hole in it?Akirasho
Feb 8, 2003 1:23 PM
... I've gotten some of that bulk stuff from Velox (through LBS) and I poke my own hole (and overlap)... I figure even a jagged hole would provide a bit o protection from the relatively sharp edges of the valve stem hole of the average rim... call it "insurance" in the neverending quest to beat Murphy and his damnable law.

If you worked in a shop or such... and needed it, you could get a hole punch from a fabric or leathergoods shop (they make various sizes and shapes).
use a hole punch meant for paper!(nm)merckx56
Feb 8, 2003 1:58 PM
re: rim tape with no valve hole in it?desmo
Feb 8, 2003 4:51 PM
At my LBS they just just heat up a sharpened punch with a propane torch and push it through. Makes a nice clean hole and cauterizes the tape nicely.
thanks; did bothDougSloan
Feb 8, 2003 8:31 PM
I decided to experiment and did both. One wheel, punched through with an awl and overlapped (before I read suggestion about using heat -- that's good); other, first smoothed around hole with wire brush thingy on Dremel tool, then taped up to hole. Just hope tape does not move.