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    Electrical Tape for Rim Tape??

    Is it ok to run a few laps of electrical tape on my rim instead of regular rim tape? Is real rim tape better for any reason (lighter?)?

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    I've used electrical tape in the past. Works just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Is it ok to run a few laps of electrical tape on my rim instead of regular rim tape? Is real rim tape better for any reason (lighter?)?
    Sure. One layer is enough. Overlap a few inches. I've used it for several years with no problem. It also helps seal out water and dirt from getting in through the spoke holes. I've also noticed that after getting a flat the air leaks out slower. "Real" rim tape is heavier.
    (This is assuming your spokes don't protrude into the tube area, done on cheap rims. If so they'll poke through electrical tape.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Is it ok to run a few laps of electrical tape on my rim instead of regular rim tape? Is real rim tape better for any reason (lighter?)?

    Only problem with electrical tape is it is fairly flexible and over time will collapse into the spoke holes.

    I would recommend using filament tape (or fiber tape). Can be found at hardware stores and is cheap. Also is supplied in Stans no-tubes kits.


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    multiple uses

    I once witnessed a guy shred his sidewall and we wrapped electrical tape around the tire through the spokes and rim to hold the tube and tire to the rim and he rode 13 miles back to the truck.as long as it keeps the tube from rubbing the spoke holes anything would work

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    Quote Originally Posted by mateoway
    I once witnessed a guy shred his sidewall and we wrapped electrical tape around the tire through the spokes and rim to hold the tube and tire to the rim and he rode 13 miles back to the truck.as long as it keeps the tube from rubbing the spoke holes anything would work

    Wasnt there something like that in last months MB action?

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    electrical tape, packing tape, duct tape, hockey tape (don't recommend), just about anything can be used. it's when you get to road bikes with 120+psi that you start needing to worry about the pressure poking through the spoke holes.

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    I vote for duct tape and Pedro Sanchez
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    Thanks guys, I already wrapped it around 3 times. I just gotta decide if I'm ambitious enough to take apart the wheel and reduce it to one layer.

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    I've blown a tube with electrical tape as rim tape.

    I had two wraps around the rim, and I had it there for at least a year prior. Over time, as 006-007 mentioned, it stetched and eventually allowed the tube to burst through the hole. It was clearly evident what happened when you looked at the tube. While electrical tape works in pinch for a short time, I'd recommend using some kind of fiber-reinforced tape.

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    2nd the glass filament tape. I've used it for years with no problems.

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    Is that fibre tape like masking tape or a totally different thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Is that fibre tape like masking tape or a totally different thing?
    different. It has fiberglass strings that run along the length of it making it very strong.

    Do a google search for "filament tape" or just pop into your local hardware store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    Different. It has fiberglass strings that run along the length of it making it very strong. Do a google search for "filament tape" or just pop into your local hardware store.
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    Ok, I'll pick some up tomorrow. Thanks! Is one layer enough?

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    Yabut

    with electrical tape you'll never get a short!

    Hmn, think I better get some of that fiberglass tape and put it on the Knolly, what's another few grams of tape?

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    I use two layers.

    It is also called strapping tape. (But the narrowest roll you can find, 1/2" or 3/4")



    One other good thing about this tape, is that it is easy to rip to the correct width if you are using it on a narrow rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Ok, I'll pick some up tomorrow. Thanks! Is one layer enough?

    One layer is plenty strong. Just make sure it overlaps @ 1.5-2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    with electrical tape you'll never get a short!

    Hmn, think I better get some of that fiberglass tape and put it on the Knolly, what's another few grams of tape?

    Jim

    You are not running any rim strips in those wheels Jim?

    If you are interested I am gonna convert mine to tubeless this weekend (providing I can get away from work for a spare 5 minutes....)

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    I've used electrical tape exclusively on my wheels for 10 years.

    I run two layers (don't stretch it too thin) and haven't had a problem with it running up to 50psi.
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    I keep duct tape wrapped around my pump handle for emergencies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Is it ok to run a few laps of electrical tape on my rim instead of regular rim tape? Is real rim tape better for any reason (lighter?)?
    or duct tape...just get a rim strip

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    Nice avatar!

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