Which Clincher Rim Tape?

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  • Vittoria tape is decent.

  • You're all crazy. I've been using electrical tape for a couple of years with no problems; and that's couriering.

    Apologies for reviving this elderly thread, but a quick cautionary tale seems in order. I used two layers of electrical tape on my new wheels and it worked perfectly for a few months until Sunday, when I rode out to Kent to watch my dad playing a jazz gig. Sunday was very hot and braking my way carefully down a steep hill I managed to heat the tape enough to cause the inner tube to blow through it, leaving me stranded. As luck would have it, there was a Budgens in the nearby village that sold both sellotape and cheap tape measures, which was sufficient to ghetto-fix me as far as the gig, a train and from Victoria back home.

    This morning, I got some proper rim strips.

  • the schwalbe rim high pressure rim tape works well.

  • Rim tape can't weigh that much.

    Why would you need to use plugs?

    wow cool! i'm well getting these. lately i've been feeling that my times on my 2 mile downhill commute to work (on my mass produced, mid-market steel framed fixed gear road bike, wearing jeans and mtb shoes while carrying two heavy locks and a bag full of waterproofs, spare clothes, tools, spare tubes, swimming stuff, ipod, cds, files, pens and occasionally and ummmm... fags) have really really been suffering.

    i've been thinking about it and i've narrowed it down to the weight of my rim tape.

    this product is going to change my life.

  • Apologies for reviving this elderly thread, but a quick cautionary tale seems in order. I used two layers of electrical tape on my new wheels and it worked perfectly for a few months until Sunday, when I rode out to Kent to watch my dad playing a jazz gig. Sunday was very hot and braking my way carefully down a steep hill I managed to heat the tape enough to cause the inner tube to blow through it, leaving me stranded. As luck would have it, there was a Budgens in the nearby village that sold both sellotape and cheap tape measures, which was sufficient to ghetto-fix me as far as the gig, a train and from Victoria back home.

    This morning, I got some proper rim strips.

    Sorry about that. Sadly as a courier I was never required to ride to Kent on a hot Sunday to watch my father playing jazz so I guess I never quite tested the tape to it's fullest. The lesson has been learned though: Hot day/kent/father/jazz = proper rim tape.

  • wow cool! i'm well getting these. lately i've been feeling that my times on my 2 mile downhill commute to work (on my mass produced, mid-market steel framed fixed gear road bike, wearing jeans and mtb shoes while carrying two heavy locks and a bag full of waterproofs, spare clothes, tools, spare tubes, swimming stuff, ipod, cds, files, pens and occasionally and ummmm... fags) have really really been suffering.

    i've been thinking about it and i've narrowed it down to the weight of my rim tape.

    this product is going to change my life.

    I've got Veloplugs in all my wheels, pain in the bum to position (they are a fraction too small so don't hold in very well, you need to bend the prongs on the underside out to get them to stick) - but once in position they are held there by the inner tube.

  • Sorry about that. Sadly as a courier I was never required to ride to Kent on a hot Sunday to watch my father playing jazz so I guess I never quite tested the tape to it's fullest. The lesson has been learned though: Hot day/kent/father/jazz = proper rim tape.

    Are you saying you have never made any 'Jazz deliveries' ?

  • Not on a Sunday you Jebus hating freak-monkey.

  • Velox cloth rim tape FTW. Cheap, quality, works. Pick three.

  • Sorry about that. Sadly as a courier I was never required to ride to Kent on a hot Sunday to watch my father playing jazz so I guess I never quite tested the tape to it's fullest. The lesson has been learned though: Hot day/kent/father/jazz = proper rim tape.

    The leccy tape had obviously softened right up in the heat - each spoke hole had a little concave hemisphere, with a matching dome in the inner tube and the taoe had formed itself to the shape of the rim as if it was paint. 120psi tyres probably didn't help, but I've never seen anything like it.

    It was a smashing gig, though. Well worth it.

  • Anyone had Velox tape creeping over and exposing spoke holes over time? Is it more prevalent with low pressure fat rubber or something? I'm tempted to replace with that plastic tubeless style tape (Tesa tape aka Stans) but then peeps reckon that splits?

  • Yes had that . Water seams to get in and they slip to one side . Gone conti easy tape

  • I’ve always hated velox tape for that very reason. Electrical tape works fine for me when not doing tubeless.

  • I'm thinking of getting some of the Schwalbe high pressure rim loops to test out.

  • I mean yeah, proper rim tape is better of course... but I never have some at hand when I need it, and always have electrical tape. So....

  • I normally have rim tape kicking around because I buy a 2-pack but only destroy one wheel at a time normally. I've bought some of the Schwalbe HP loops to try out. I have some Tesa tape but I think it's too wide.

  • The loops seem like a no-brainer.

  • I've used them in the past but that was on much cheaper wheels and I've used Velox for ages with no drama. I think I forget that I ride quite a lot more than I did back in Oz sometimes and wonder why stuff wears out/breaks.

  • I was experiencing something of a nightmare with Velox tape warping and exposing spoke holes a few years ago... In searching for a solution, I came upon a recommendation of Kapton tape at 1mm wrapped twice around the rim.

    I can't express properly how much I adore this solution... I have been using two wraps of Kapton tape on all of my wheels (90-120 psi) ever since and have been properly impressed.

  • I was experiencing something of a nightmare with Velox tape warping and exposing spoke holes a few years ago... In searching for a solution, I came upon a recommendation of Kapton tape at 1mm wrapped twice around the rim.

    I can't express properly how much I adore this solution... I have been using two wraps of Kapton tape on all of my wheels (90-120 psi) ever since and have been properly impressed.

  • What's special about Kapton tape over the other, say, tubeless tape? Seems spendy compared to Tesa tape for example. Sounds like non-conductive electrical tape.

  • Sounds like non-conductive electrical tape.

    Worry-free thunderstorm riding.

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