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Rim Tape Alternative / Help!!!!!!(10 posts)

Rim Tape Alternative / Help!!!!!!Les3333
Aug 18, 2001 12:57 PM
I was checking over my bike for a bike race tomorrow and filled my tires. All of a sudden my tube popped. It turns out that my rim tape tore around one of the spoke holes and puctured my tire. I dont have any rim tape to repair and all of the local bike shops are closed, what else can I use?
Get strapping tapeMGS
Aug 18, 2001 1:11 PM
Strapping tape wrapped around the rim twice works as well as rim tape. I've use it several times in an emergency and left it on for months without troubles.
Get strapping tapeles3333
Aug 18, 2001 1:49 PM
never heard of it, what is it and where would I get it?
Hardware store, Staples it's a type of packing tape nmLive Steam
Aug 18, 2001 2:40 PM
AKA 3M Scotch Filament tapePogliaghi
Aug 18, 2001 3:36 PM
Taking a chance that this pic doesn't turn foul, it's tape you can buy at most stores with filament/thread imbedded and running the length of the tape.
Grocery Stores, hardware, staples, Walgreens, CVS ,(nm)MGS
Aug 19, 2001 6:27 AM
Try electrical tape.look271
Aug 18, 2001 4:09 PM
You know, the smooth black stuff. Trick is to pull it tight and it'll go one real nice. You may want to go over it 2x, but it will work untill you get some real rim tape. I'd stay away from strapping tape. It's a PITA to get off.
Try electrical tape.Pogliaghi
Aug 18, 2001 4:47 PM
Your right the packing tape is a pain to remove, but it never failed on me like electrical tape. Mtb wheels w/ slicks at 85psi, tape sliced nice neat and round along the edge of nipple hole.

Now, I keep a roll of Velox rim tape in the toolbox.
re: Rim Tape Alternative / Help!!!!!!supercorsa
Aug 18, 2001 7:47 PM
velox is the only stuff i'll ever use. all my wheels have it, and in 30 years of riding it's never let me down, not even once.

by far the best stuff out there.
Ditto on veloxDINOSAUR
Aug 19, 2001 7:56 AM
Ditto on the velox, it's the only stuff that works for me. What I started doing is buying rolls in bulk of six and I always have rim tape laying around, same on tubes and tires, stock up on them as you always end up using them sooner or later, preferably later....
The electric tape will not support the high psi if your have modern zoot rims with recessed nipple chambers. I blew a tube in my garage before I even hit the road.
I found it's the little things that give your trouble...