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    Electrical Tape as Tubeless Rim Strip?

    So I had to remount a tire after having a broken spoke replaced. Forgot that I didn't have any rim strip material at home (my lbs is 15 miles away) In a pinch, I used two wraps of black electrical tape as a rim strip & I'm thinking that I'm a pretty resourceful dude. Then I get to worrying that the black tape won't hold up to the Stan's goo and will dissolve.

    Has anyone used such tape as a rim strip and has it held up? I've got a three day trip planned this weekend and don't want to deal with a tubeless failure caused by stupidity
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    I tried it once. It lasts short-term, but the 'glue' isn't as strong as whats on stans yellow tape so the latex will eventually penetrate and you get air leaking out the spoke holes.
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    I used some thin weather strip tape on 2 wheels works fine for 6 months! I think anything that has a good seal would work.
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    Replace it with Gorilla tape. It'll last and is $3 a roll. If I remember correctly one roll yields 3-4 wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UPSed View Post
    Replace it with Gorilla tape. It'll last and is $3 a roll. If I remember correctly one roll yields 3-4 wheels.
    ^^^This. E-tape will not last that long....

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    I like strapping tape.
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    I've had great results with Gorilla tape also.
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    Gorilla Tape

    How wide does it need to be other than covering the holes? For example, if you have a very tight fit between tire/rim then adding a layer of tape on the bead seat shelf is going to make mounting a PITA. Is it acceptable to just fill the lower center channel between the bead seat shelves?

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    You need a least one layer. That's what helps seal the tire to the rim. Do a search on YouTube for ghetto tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UPSed View Post
    You need a least one layer. That's what helps seal the tire to the rim. Do a search on YouTube for ghetto tubeless.
    In most cases you are probably correct, but I'm asking specifically about a tight fitting tire/rim combo. The fit is so snug that when the tire is mounted but not inflated it cannot be spun on the rim even without tape installed. I didn't attempt to spin it with only one side of the tire mounted to the rim, but I suspect it still would not spin on the rim as long as the bead were resting on the bead mount shelf and not in the recessed center channel.

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    Well I guess another way to look at it is the bead contacting the tape will create a better seal than the tape just covering the holes. The Stans will eventually work its way under the tape.

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    HA! Must remember that one for a short term solution..

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