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Rim tape suggestion other than Velox(10 posts)

Rim tape suggestion other than VeloxPaulCL
Jun 5, 2003 4:09 PM
Real basic request...but the thickness of the cloth velox rimtape makes it impossible to get my tires onto my wheels. My wheels are Speeddreams. Dave Thomas usually puts on some sort of tape rimtape that's a lot thinner than Velox. I've tried a plastic tape purchased at my local hardware store, but it takes three layers before the tube won't blow through a spoke eylet. Any other suggestions???

Thanks. Paul
May want to try Medical Athletic waterproof wrapTapeabicirider
Jun 5, 2003 4:19 PM
I bought a couple of huge rolls of Rim tape Off of Ebay seller was Icycles when I look at it it reminds me of athletic waterproof tape used to tape up ankles,hands etc.
you can get it cheap at walmart thinner than velox one layer should be thick enough.
Just a thought dont know if it will work.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Fiberglass strapping tapeKerry
Jun 5, 2003 5:01 PM
In the early days of high pressure clinchers, when the only rim strips available were rubber, people used fiberglass reinforced strapping tape. Some people still swear by it, but in my experience it does not hold up as well as Velox. However, if you replace every year or so, it will give you more clearance for tight-fit rim/tire combos.
Fiberglass strapping tapecurlybike
Jun 5, 2003 6:24 PM
There are varying thread densities of that tape. 3m is the best that I found, before giving up on strapping tape. It sometimes splits giving mystery flats that are real annoying.
Replace it every year or so?Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2003 5:23 AM
I've used strapping tape back in the day, but I can build a whole new wheel in about the same amount of time that it takes me to dig the old strapping tape out.
Michelin rim tape (nm)mja
Jun 6, 2003 4:32 AM
I'm happy with 3M strapping tape.jw25
Jun 6, 2003 5:23 AM
I use the 1/2" stuff, and do 2 layers with a couple inches overlap at the valve hole. Then I cut an "x" at the valve hole, and use a small x-acto knife to cut around the hole.
It's worked fine for me up to 130 psi, and is probably the thinnest solution you'll find. It can be a bear to remove, as the tape splits and leaves sticky threads all ove the place, but some brake clean or odorless mineral spirits gets these off.
The Michelin strips aren't bad, but they tend to split after a year or two, and give you long cuts in the tube, which are hard, if not impossible, to patch.
Schwalbe Blue cloth tape (nm)Ye Olde Balde One
Jun 6, 2003 7:15 AM
Ritchey blue cloth, Schwalbe SUPER HP pcv nmcyclopathic
Jun 6, 2003 9:08 AM
Thanks guys...had a blowout with my plastic tapePaulCL
Jun 6, 2003 12:04 PM
Had three layers of the plastic tape on the rim. It's worked fine before - just real hard to get the tire off/on.

Well this afternoon, coming down a hill, the tire blew. Apparently, the pressure (130psi) and heat from the braking downhill made the plastic melt. I almost went down. Luckily, and since I didn't trust the tape, I carried an old, used roll of Velox. It took me 20 minutes on the side of the road to get that tire/tube on the rim. Kinda took the fun of the ride away. Off to the LBS to get some other THIN real rimtape. THanks. Paul