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Electrical tape as rim tape?(22 posts)

Electrical tape as rim tape?astro
Apr 3, 2002 4:01 PM
Not that I'm cheap, but is there any reason not to use
this as rim tape? Does anyone do this?
I used it for a while.KLM
Apr 3, 2002 4:10 PM
I found that I needed to wrap the rim 2 or 3 times or the edges of the spoke holes would wear through the electrical tape and start causing flats. I eventually went back to Velox or Pedros or whatever because the electrical tape didn't seem to last over a few thousand miles.

Try strapping tape (but I use Velox or Pedro's)retro
Apr 3, 2002 4:14 PM
electrical tape seemed to wear through. I've had much better luck with 3M strapping tape, the white stuff with the fiberglass filaments in it. It's about 3 bucks for a lifetime supply at the grocery story, and splits easily to width. But I gave that up, too, for Velox and Pedro's. You don't buy rim tape often enough that I can't afford the best.
Tried that tooKLM
Apr 3, 2002 4:22 PM
but it began to get gooey in summer and stick to the tubes (over 110 sometimes here in Fresno). A real mess. I agree with you. For what is basically a once in a lifetime purchase it's worth the extra $1 or $2 a roll to get the best.

Try strapping tape (but I use Velox or Pedro's)curlybike
Apr 3, 2002 7:36 PM
Strapping tape eventuall gets tiny little splits that causes flats when the tube gets in the split and cuts.
Strapping tape - oh poo poo.Spoke Wrench
Apr 4, 2002 6:03 AM
I hate it when someone who has used strapping tape brings a wheel in for a spoke replacement. It pretty much has to be cut out in little pieces with an exacto knife. Turns a 15 iminute job into a half hour or more. I charge them for a roll of Velox on the spoke replacement.
Not a good idea.Kerry
Apr 3, 2002 4:29 PM
The cost and convenience aren't that great, and the 110 to 120 psi pressure will force the pliable tape to extrude into the spoke holes. Flats are only a short time away after this happens. Electrical tape over fiberglass strapping tape will work to limit the stickiness of the strapping tape, but why not just use Velox?
Don't do it.look271
Apr 3, 2002 5:04 PM
I did this a couple of years ago. The nipples wear through and flats are sure to follow. Besides, you buy Velox 1x and you probably won't have to replace it-ever. And it costs, what, $4?
bad idea, too strtchy. nmelviento
Apr 3, 2002 5:40 PM
re: Electrical tape as rim tape?Frank
Apr 3, 2002 5:41 PM
I have used it for the past few years and haven't had a f*** caused by a spoke, nor has it been a problem when changing the tube when I get a f*** from a nail or metal. I work at an electric utility company and have seen the electrical tape the linemen use stand up to some pretty high temperatures and conditions without melting or becoming brittle.
go buy velox and be done with it!(nm)!merckx56
Apr 3, 2002 6:05 PM
ditto, velox (nm)grandemamou
Apr 4, 2002 5:07 AM
Use it to finish the tape on your bars. Not on your rims. [nm]Elefantino
Apr 3, 2002 7:00 PM
Great Idea!Uncle Tim
Apr 3, 2002 7:40 PM
And while you are using electrical tape on your rims, go ahead and remove your front brake. You don't really need it anyway. Then drill some holes in your frame to save weight. To further save money, get rid of those expensive cogs and find some old aluminum panels at a junk yard, trace a cog pattern, and then cut them out with tin snips. Get rid of those heavy nuts and bolts that hold your handlebar to the stem and replace them with a few wraps of duct tape. That will work just fine. And when your tires start to wear, don't waste money by replacing them. Pile on some shoe goo over the showing threads. Those guys at the LBS are ripping you off.

Rim tape, my eye!
Not recommended...DINOSAUR
Apr 3, 2002 7:55 PM
Electrical tape will not hold up to high psi. You could have a blow out while riding. For what it's worth, I tried electrical tape and I blew a brand new tube while my bike was sitting in the garage shortly after I installed it. Use rim tape, that's what it's designed for. I purchase Velox in bulk and add new tape with every new tire install. It's not worth risking your safety...
re: Electrical tape as rim tape?pa rider
Apr 4, 2002 3:22 AM
We mountain bike rides use it on our rims because we break spokes more than the road bikes. Because we only run 40 to 50psi I never had a problem with electric tape.

Plus the rims are wider than road bike rims. I agree with everyone else and glad you posted the question. I always wondered why the electric tape never work the same for my road wheels as my mtb wheels.

I use duck tape in emergency to fix Velo tape that keeps giving you flats on road trips. we had a guy last year who weight over 200 lbs and got four flats on one ride. One the forth flat I suggested duck tape. Everyone laugh, but lucky for us we were by a farmer's barn and he was working outside on his tracker.

He asked if we needed anything and I asked for duck tape. Put it on and the guy qiut having flats. Road 20 miles without a flat where as before he keeped getting a flat every 5 to 6 miles. Told the idiot to put new rim tape on when he got home.

I hope you get my point. Only use it in emergency, not permanent.

Doesn't work wellpmf1
Apr 4, 2002 4:30 AM
I tried this years ago. After a while, it got sucked into the eyeletsand wasn't very effective. I don't think it deals well with heat. It was hard to get out too. Nothing beats Velox tape.
re: Electrical tape as rim tape?Walter
Apr 4, 2002 5:27 AM
I've had the exact same experience Dinosaur relates. Tube failure while sitting in the garage. Little in life is more frustrating than that. Besides aren't we all fond of Janet?
Jezzz, spend the extra .75 diff..and "know for sure"...ntOwenMeany
Apr 4, 2002 6:58 AM
just pony up for the veloxColnagoFE
Apr 4, 2002 8:32 AM
c'mon now...i know you're cheap but really how much is this gonna cost and it lasts a LONG time. Save your money elsewhere.
works good in a pinchgregg
Apr 4, 2002 11:00 AM
I had occasion to use electrical tape when I had no velox and it was way after the stores were closed. Needed to ride the next morning, so grabbed the electrical tape. It held up for about 4 small rides (20 milers).

The following week, I replaced it, but I didn't flat are have any problems in those 4 rides. I did notice however, that the tape had shifted off of center a bit. No biggie, didn't expose the spoke holes.

works good in a pinchCraigVM
Apr 4, 2002 8:07 PM
Since a few here are suggesting that it works "as good" as Velox or other brand designed for the purpose. I sure can't see any reason to not go with the right stuff at such a minor addittional investment.