Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by meb » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 10:14:25


On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
avert slipping.

Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
If so did that work well/poorly?

Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
Good or bad?

--
meb

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Tom Paters » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 13:08:01

Quote:
>From: meb
>Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
>Good or bad?

A friend of mine tried that a long time ago. As he related, it worked but
really *** to remove later. --TP

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Frank Krygowsk » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 13:19:09

Quote:

> On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
> avert slipping.

> Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
> If so did that work well/poorly?

> Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
> Good or bad?

On a long tour, one of our riders had a problem with her brand new
bike's rim tape failing at the spoke holes.  The edges of the holes were
coming uncovered and cutting the tubes on the inside.

I first used duct tape to cover the offending edges.  When it became
clear that more edges would become uncovered, I replaced the rim tape
with drug-store medical adhesive tape.  Worked perfectly for many
thousand miles, and is still working.

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Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by paperc » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 14:59:39

Quote:

> On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
> avert slipping.

> Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
> If so did that work well/poorly?

> Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
> Good or bad?

I have one wheel that's had electrical tape as rim tape for over
twenty years. Don't know how kosher this is. But I've never had a
problem.

I've heard of folks using duct tape. But electrical tape was closer to
the proper width.

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Werehatrac » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 15:23:14

On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 11:14:25 +1000, meb

Quote:

>On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
>avert slipping.

You weren't using Velox or Pedro's then, correct?

Quote:
>Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?

With Velox, I have no need to.

Quote:
>Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
>Good or bad?

I wouldn't do it.  Most of the brands of duct tape that I'm familiar
with leave a *** sticky mess behind when the tape shrinks (which it
does), and that goo might attack the tube and/or make it a pain to
remove and install.  Plus, duct tape is designed to withstand a
pressure differential of less than 1 bar.  Some brands would doubtless
rupture if used as rim tape.  Some probably wouldn't.  I have types
that I might consider using as rim tape in an emergency, but I also
have several rolls that are definitely unfit for this purpose.

Using makeshifts is a tactic that should be driven by urgent
necessity, not mere availability.  
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Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Werehatrac » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 15:26:33


Quote:
>I have one wheel that's had electrical tape as rim tape for over
>twenty years. Don't know how kosher this is. But I've never had a
>problem.

>I've heard of folks using duct tape. But electrical tape was closer to
>the proper width.

I assume this was probably the old-style friction tape; cloth with a
sticky face.  The friction tape that the Bell System repair guys used
to get would have been adequate as rim tape; it was pretty good stuff,
not too thick, plenty striong, and as you say, about the right width.
I'm not sure I'd trust vinyl electrical tape.
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Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Pete » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 16:23:50

Quote:


>>I have one wheel that's had electrical tape as rim tape for over
>>twenty years. Don't know how kosher this is. But I've never had a
>>problem.

>>I've heard of folks using duct tape. But electrical tape was closer to
>>the proper width.

> I assume this was probably the old-style friction tape; cloth with a
> sticky face.  The friction tape that the Bell System repair guys used
> to get would have been adequate as rim tape; it was pretty good stuff,
> not too thick, plenty striong, and as you say, about the right width.
> I'm not sure I'd trust vinyl electrical tape.

I believe it was in 1978 that I got the then-new Rigida 13-19 narrow
clincher rims and converted my tubular wheels.  My LBS didn't have any
narrow rim tape that fit so I used regular vinyl electrical tape. I used
two layers and it was still thin compared to normal rim tape and
therefore made for easy tire changes.  Never had any problems with it.
Still have the wheels and they still have the electrical tape inside.
 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by big Pet » Wed, 04 Aug 2004 22:58:32

Peter Wrote:

Quote:


> >>I have one wheel that's had electrical tape as rim tape for over
> >>twenty years. Don't know how kosher this is. But I've never had a
> >>problem.

> >>I've heard of folks using duct tape. But electrical tape was closer
> to
> >>the proper width.

> > I assume this was probably the old-style friction tape; cloth with a
> > sticky face.  The friction tape that the Bell System repair guys
> used
> > to get would have been adequate as rim tape; it was pretty good
> stuff,
> > not too thick, plenty striong, and as you say, about the right
> width.
> > I'm not sure I'd trust vinyl electrical tape.

> I believe it was in 1978 that I got the then-new Rigida 13-19 narrow
> clincher rims and converted my tubular wheels.  My LBS didn't have any
> narrow rim tape that fit so I used regular vinyl electrical tape. I
> used
> two layers and it was still thin compared to normal rim tape and
> therefore made for easy tire changes.  Never had any problems with it.
> Still have the wheels and they still have the electrical tape inside.

My commuter bike has one layer of electrical tape and it has been
holding up for 4 years now. I am big (245 pounds) and like to hop
curbs, got some pinch flats but none due to inner wheel spoke poking
(yes that is the technical term for it).

Pete

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Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Alex Rodrigue » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 02:03:03



Quote:
>On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
>avert slipping.
>Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
>If so did that work well/poorly?
>Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
>Good or bad?

Get decent rim tape, like Velox, and you won't have to worry about
band aid fixes.
--------------
Alex
 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Alex Rodrigue » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 02:04:37



Quote:
>My commuter bike has one layer of electrical tape and it has been
>holding up for 4 years now. I am big (245 pounds) and like to hop
>curbs, got some pinch flats but none due to inner wheel spoke poking
>(yes that is the technical term for it).

What pressure do you run in your tires?  I wouldn't risk it with the skinny
120 psi tires I run on my racing bike.
----------
Alex
 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by SMMB » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 02:49:39



Quote:


> >On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
> >avert slipping.
> >Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
> >If so did that work well/poorly?
> >Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
> >Good or bad?

> Get decent rim tape, like Velox, and you won't have to worry about
> band aid fixes.
> --------------
> Alex

I am surprised that no one has mentioned filamented packing tape.  I have
had good results with it.
--
Bonne route,

Sandy
Paris  FR

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by David Reutele » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 04:06:51

Quote:

> I am surprised that no one has mentioned filamented packing tape.  I have
> had good results with it.

yep.  i used that for years on one wheel .. plus it's easy to strip to the
correct width.  kinda messy coming off, tho.
--
david reuteler

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by Tom Paters » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 04:27:42

Quote:
>From: David Reuteler

>> I am surprised that no one has mentioned filamented packing tape.  I have
>> had good results with it.
>yep.  i used that for years on one wheel .. plus it's easy to strip to the
>correct width.  kinda messy coming off, tho.

That's the "reenforced" stuff I mentioned earlier. My friend had such a hard
time getting the gunk off when trying to remove the tape that he ditched the
somewhat lumpy rims. Or so he said. Worked fine for years, true. Velox,
Pedro's, probably other "real" rimstrips probably preferrable, though I've seen
some of that get thinned with use. Lunch money.  --TP
 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by SMMB » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 04:59:54



Quote:
> >From: David Reuteler


> >> I am surprised that no one has mentioned filamented packing tape.  I
have
> >> had good results with it.

> >yep.  i used that for years on one wheel .. plus it's easy to strip to
the
> >correct width.  kinda messy coming off, tho.

> That's the "reenforced" stuff I mentioned earlier. My friend had such a
hard
> time getting the gunk off when trying to remove the tape that he ditched
the
> somewhat lumpy rims. Or so he said. Worked fine for years, true. Velox,
> Pedro's, probably other "real" rimstrips probably preferrable, though I've
seen
> some of that get thinned with use. Lunch money.  --TP

Should anyone care, plain acetone removes it fast, completely and without
residue.
--
Bonne route,

Sandy
Paris  FR

 
 
 

Duct tape for holding rim tape or in leu of rim tape?

Post by andres mu » Thu, 05 Aug 2004 06:10:37

Quote:

> On a couple of cantankerous wheels I siliconed the rim tape in place to
> avert slipping.

> Anyone ever tried duct tape to hold the rim tape in place?
> If so did that work well/poorly?

> Anyone ever use duct tape in leu of rim tape?
> Good or bad?

As others suggest, electric tape will work well. The other stuff that
works is the medical adhesive tape that comes in the little tins.

Andres