Rim tape question

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OhioJones

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Looking at a brand made domestically. Brand is Newbaums. Need to order several bikes worth. Prefer some insight before having a bunch of rolls on order. Thanks
 

Cooper S.

I live for the CABE
Depends what kind of rims you’re putting them on. If it’s a cruiser you could probably get away with just using electrical tape. Personally I just go to my LBS and get whatever they have.
 

jimbo53

I live for the CABE
I use duct tape split in half and double wrap the inside of the rim. Cheap, effective and always have a roll of duct tape around.
 

Shawn Michael

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I use electrical tape on the bikes I flip. I also will use gaff tape(music producing) and sometimes real rim tape when I can find some to fit.
 

Duchess

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Above suggestions are all fine, but for the Newbaum specifically, I've used it and it's very good stuff if maybe a bit overkill in most cases.
 

rustjunkie

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rubber rim strips are cheap, easy, effective....and clean for the next guy.

Rim tape is, as I understand it, designed for double-wall rims with high-pressure tires. Rubber rim strips have been used on our low pressure ballooners since they were new.

Here's an excerpt from Sheldon Brown:

Rim tape
[This section added by John Allen]
Spoke nipple heads or access holes in the bottom of the rim must be covered with a rim tape, so they can't puncture the inner tube. Rim tape must be thick and strong enough to smooth out any sharp edges, and to withstand pressure from the inner tube if the rim has recessed or socketed spoke holes. Some rim tapes are simple hoops of rubber, similar to the rubber of the inner tube, with a hole for the valve. These rim tapes are adequate for use in wider rims without recessed spoke holes, but must be stretched over the rim when installed. Narrow rubber rim tapes often break at the valve hole. Better rim tape is an adhesive-backed strip, sold in a roll like handlebar tape, and has a hole near one end which fits over the valve hole of the rim. Placing a valve temporarily in the hole will prevent the tape from slipping during installation. The tape is laid down all the way around in the bottom of the rim, and the other end is trimmed just short of the valve hole. Duct tape or glass-fiber reinforced strapping tape can be torn lengthwise to the needed width and works too. Use three or four layers. If adhesive-backed tape can't be wide enough to get past the valve, it can just stop at either side.

The rim tape must be just wide enough to fit the bottom of the rim. Too narrow, and it doesn't cover what it needs to. Too wide, and it rides up on a bead seat of the rim as shown in the photo below, preventing the tire from seating correctly. The tire will sit too far out where it rides on the rim tape, and too far in at another place. It will give a bumpy ride, and there is a risk of a blowout.

Rim tape is not added until the wheel truing is complete.
 

IngoMike

I live for the CABE
I used to wrench in a shop for just a couple of years in '94-'95. I remember being taught to use strapping tape for rim strips, I think we pulled the strips from new bikes and sold them separately.....from what I remember in the bike shop business, all the money was in the bike accessories, bikes were the smallest profit margin.
 
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