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How often do you change rim tape?(8 posts)

How often do you change rim tape?Me Dot Org
May 10, 2002 8:47 AM
Seems obscure, but when I changed a tire last night I noticed that the rim tape was in high relief around each of the spoke holes. I changed it - but I'm wondering how often people change the tape. Is it a mileage thing? Or are there particular signs of wear to look for?
When the spokes poke through...retro
May 10, 2002 8:59 AM
I've noticed the same thing, but it doesn't seem to cause any problems at least with Velox, which is what I use. When I find cheap OEM rim tape on a new bike or new wheel, I replace it with good stuff, but Velox will last for years.
the stuff lasts forevergrandemamou
May 10, 2002 9:35 AM
Same thing with their barends. I don't know how they stay in business if you never have to replace their products.

The only time I replace it is when I get a flat because it has slipped.
31 years and going strong ...Humma Hah
May 10, 2002 1:49 PM
... on my rear. It has outlasted one rim. The front is on a replacement wheel, and only has about 28 years on it.
man.. this is antique!cyclopathic
May 10, 2002 4:32 PM
good luck on your century Tom
Whenever I get new tires . . .Over-the-Hill
May 10, 2002 2:28 PM
which is probably way too often, but it is an easy habit to remember (like replacing the battery in your smoke detector every time-change). The stuff is pretty inexpensive and I never have to worry about a spoke coming through.
4X per year?Kerry
May 10, 2002 5:58 PM
Velox tape essentially doesn't wear out. I replace mine every time I build a new wheel. It's not at all analogous to a battery, which does indeed wear out. I can't imagine throwing out that much perfectly good Velox.
I don'tAlexx
May 11, 2002 5:27 AM
Tubular tires come with the tape attatched to them.