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    Tarp tape works great for tubeless

    I was having trouble getting a good seal with 2 rows of 50mm tensilized poly strapping tape (stan's tape) on my Mule Futs. Q and BTI were both out of stock of the Sun 80mm version so I ordered some tarp tape. It's available in lots of different widths and colors. The 3" fit my rims well. Did 2 layers (just to be safe) over a Surly rim strip and it has been working awesome. No bubble or sealant between the surly tape and the tarp tape.

    Did a search here before i decided to buy it and couldn't find anything, so I figured I'd let everyone know.

    It's way cheaper than the Sun tape and way less, well... trashy (probably lighter too) than gorilla tape. Anyway none of the local places have 3" gorilla tape, so it eliminates the overlap where I was getting the leaks.

    An Ebay search for Poly Tarp Tape will give you what you need.

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    People still use tape?

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    Thanks OP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphazz View Post
    People still use tape?
    What's wrong with it?


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    People still use tape?

    Quote Originally Posted by chocolatemoeze View Post
    What's wrong with it?


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    Yeah, obviously you said this so someone would ask. So... Spit it out.

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    I used tape and the whole bike instantly burst into flames.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    I used tape and the whole bike instantly burst into flames.
    That's EXACTLY why i used split tubes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chocolatemoeze View Post
    What's wrong with it?
    There can be many variables affecting success or failure when using tape, including type of tape, type of its adhesive, shelf-age of the tape, will the type of liquid sealant affect the tape "cloth", adhesive or grow sealant-boogers in their presence, and in many situations the application technique can be critical to success or failure. In short: many succeed with tape, many need multiple tries before they get it to work and some never succeed with tape (even when using the exact brand & model of tape, rim, tire and sealant). So the tape method ends up being a big YRMV.

    The news of "Tarp Tape" would be more meaningful if we knew the construction/materials of the tape and its adhesive, and if it was used successfully by more people and for long times and in hot/cold environments, but a new tape that appears easy to install and robust in this use with sealant, is news.

    The split-tube method can be somewhat heavier than the tape method, but split-tube is the easy way to side-step around the failure points that are unique to the tape method. Much higher first-time-success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    I used tape and the whole bike instantly burst into flames.
    That's because you used Chinese made baby pajama repair tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    The news of "Tarp Tape" would be more meaningful if we knew the construction/materials of the tape and its adhesive, and if it was used successfully by more people and for long times and in hot/cold environments, but a new tape that appears easy to install and robust in this use with sealant, is news.
    I think it's a variety of clear polyethylene tape with a silicone adhesive. If and that's a big IF it happens to be the same stuff I'm thinking of, it's a little crinkly and EVguitarZ might simply be skilled with his hands. On the other hand, the tape I'm thinking of has excellent "wet out" behavior, you can squeeze out trapped air bubbles very easily.

    Again... I don't know if it's the same tape, and even if it is, I've only ever had success with it on extremely flat surfaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    People still use tape?


    Yeah, obviously you said this so someone would ask. So... Spit it out.
    I was just being funny, but I guess it didn't work.
    Actually, I never had any issues with Gorilla tape and I still have friends using my set ups.
    Currently, I have the rubber washers on the nipples with HED rims and don't use any tape on a couple sets of wheels.

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    I've been using 2.5" tubes at 265g each, whilst there are obvious advantages to running tubeless from people's experiences am I likely to actually save any weight?
    I'm guessing tape plus sealant will probably be heavier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor_74 View Post
    I've been using 2.5" tubes at 265g each, whilst there are obvious advantages to running tubeless from people's experiences am I likely to actually save any weight?
    I'm guessing tape plus sealant will probably be heavier?
    You're about to open a crazy bag of worms. If I can summarize, maybe they won't get out.
    Most tubeless users cite the primary advantage as flat resistance.
    A 265g tube in a fat wheel is pretty light. Thus depending on if you use split tube, gorilla tape, strapping tape, foam, and/or cling wrap you may see a slight reduction, no change, or increase in weight after adding sealant.
    Some say because the sealant is free to slosh and move around the tire it's effect on the wheel is less than a tube that is static. That's unproven, maybe interested?
    In the end, most people say do it for flat protection, the ability to maybe run lower pressure, the'more supple' feeling that some notice and some don't. Any weight savings will be a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor_74 View Post
    I've been using 2.5" tubes at 265g each, whilst there are obvious advantages to running tubeless from people's experiences am I likely to actually save any weight?
    I'm guessing tape plus sealant will probably be heavier?
    Not much unless you use tubeless ready rims.

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