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Rim tape separates an inner tube from the spoke holes in a wheel's rim, protecting the tube from punctures on that side. Rim tape uses an adhesive to hold it onto the inner well (not the continuous flanges of the rim--rather, the intervening flat section with the drilled holes) of the rim. (If the material used does not have an adhesive, call it "rim strip.") Rim tape is available in a variety of materials, diameters, and widths for different-sized wheels.

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Do I need new rim tape after replacing spoke + nipple?

A spoke broke at/inside the nipple on my rear wheel (Rohloff hub with a VIPER19 622×19C rim) so I need to replace it. I figured out the spokes and nipples to buy, but what I'm not clear about is if I ...
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can I run a tube setup on a tubeless rim without rim tape?

I have a DT Swiss EX 511 Disc Rim, where I assembled the hub myself. Its documentation says I can use it tubless/ with a tube set up. I want to use it with a tube. Do I need to get a rim tape and run ...
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Spoke nipples sticking out

Is this normal for the spoke nipples to stick out this much ? Even after installing rim tape I can literally feel them, wouldn't it press/pinch into the tube when riding a bike ?
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Caffélatex Tubeless Rim Strips w/ Stan's Tire Sealant

The manufacturer (Effetto Mariposa) is telling me that if I run their Caffelatex tubeless rim strips with the regular white Stan's tire sealant, that after 1-2 years the strips will be damaged by the ...
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Rim tap moving around

Why does my rim tape always move my tire tube inside the tire and put a hole in it were the needle comes out of the little hole what do I do to fix it from moving
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Is it normal for spokes to poke through the rim this much?

I was fixing a flat on a newish bike and noticed these bumps from the spokes around the inside of the rim. The rim tape is reassuring and I assume it's all fine, but I don't really know what is ...
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What DT Swiss Valve and Tubeless Tape fit DT Swiss Wheels 2291335 and 2569868?

I recently bought the Endurace CF SL 7 eTAP bike and it came with DT Swiss wheels. DT Swiss front wheel 2291335 DT Swiss rear wheel 2569868 What DT Swiss valve would I use for my front and rear wheels?...
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Removing looped rim tape (rim strip) for reuse

I've read you can reuse rim tape if it's still in good condition. I would like to do that because I'm rebuilding a bike right now and don't have any on hand. My old rear wheel has rim tape installed ...
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Alternatives to rim tape

After repeated punctures, I concluded that the rim tape needs replacing. I'm travelling in remote Yucatán, Amazon charges too much and takes too long to ship this basic item. What are alternatives? ...
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Gluing rim—rim-strip—inner-tube—tire junctions

When braking (with any kind of brakes) the tire is subjected to friction against the road. If by mistake a clincher tire has grease all around the two bead sides, it could potentially spin while the ...
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Is Tesa packing tape the same as some tubeless tapes?

I've seen Tesa 4289 packing tape marketed as an equivalent to cycling tubeless tape. It looks very similar, to me, to some cycle-branded tapes. Some report that it is the same as tubeless tape such as ...
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Rim tape size for 17mm rims(internal)

Just a short question is 18mm enough to cover the rim entirely or do I need a bigger size like 21/23mm?
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Carbon rim white after applying Gorilla super gel glue - cause for concern?

Rode over a big nail the other day which not only went through the (tubeless) tyre, but also made a significant hole in the rim. Before retaping the rum, I applied Gorilla super gel glue yesterday to ...
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Tubeless Ready Tyres + Rim Strips?

Are Rim Strip loops eg. Schwalbe High Pressure Tape Singles compatible with tubeless ready tyres and are there any caveats or tricks? I installed some strips that were 1mm narrower than what my wheel ...
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Rim tape blows out in the same spot

The rim tape on the rear wheel has blown out a couple of times in the same spot. Luckily, while parked. Is there an issue with the rim that needs to be fixed? What can be done to avoid the problem ...
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Can i put two rubber rim tapes on a single wheel (single wall rim)

I have an old single wall rim type, with spokes protruding. When there is a single rubber rim tape the spokes are forming (coated) "hills" inside the rim which are not sharp but are ...
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Best Alternative Tubeless Tape to Gorilla Tape?

So i've been trying to get a pair of gravel tires to set up tubeless for way too long, it's been a comedy of errors but a very good learning experience. Where I am currently at is that the gorilla ...
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Multiple double holed punctures on the rim side of tube

Got a new trainer tire, so I removed the regular tire and tube from the rear rim and replaced them with the special trainer tire and a thinner tube. When I plied the old deflated tube for storing, I ...
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Rim suspension?

Is there any professional suspension system applicable between rim and nipples ? Did some tests on road bike with narrowest tyres long time ago with positive results. Wondering if there exist ...
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Has this rim strip expired?

I have 2 unused rim strips. Along the edges and on the surface there are brown marks (patches, streaks, blotches). 2 images (I cannot improve the resolution) Observations Both strips were stored ...
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How do I keep wrinkles out of tubeless rim tape?

I just set up my Surly My Other Brother Daryl rims to run tubeless. They are 80mm rims and this is my first time setting up tubeless. I used Surly's official tubeless kit for those rims. I believe ...
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Tubless rims with non tubeless tires -- what rim tape?

I run tubeless rims (specifically the new Mavic Open Pros) with the non-tubeless Continental GP GTs. The tires have lots of life left in them so I want to make the most of them in the meantime. ...
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Should rim tape cover the small holes at the side of the rim?

My rims have a couple of small holes along the edge of the flat at bottom of the bead (just above the valley). I assume they are there to vent the space between the tube and the tire, i.e., to let air ...
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Can I use rimless tape with an inner tube on a regular (tube style) rim?

The plastic and cloth rim tapes at my LBS come in a couple of sizes: too narrow and too wide. Too narrow barely covers the spoke holes (meaning, it doesn't). Too wide gets into the bead area, making ...
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Inner tube valve cut from stretched rim tape?

I was trying to fix my sisters flat tire to make some money by charging her fees cheaper than the bike shop. I found the leak to be on the actual valve piece. Near the base there is a small cut ...
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Which rim tape size fits my bike?

I need to replace the rim tape of my back wheel as it's pretty damaged and it's popping my wheels all the time. Finally made sense of the cause and I'm in need of a replacement. However, I'm unsure of ...
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Used wheels - corrosion or dried rim tape adhesive?

I recently bought some used Fulcrum CPX 4.5 off eBay. They seem to be in pretty good condition, the hub is fine and wheel runs true etc. However, I noticed that when I moved them I heard dust rolling ...
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Unpatchable hole on rim side

Well, I am new to road biking and I got my first flat yesterday. I was going to go for a ride and the front tire was completely flat, so I popped it off and went to patch it. I found the hole, it was ...
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How much is too much - spokes protruding into the rim

I just received a pair of wheels that I ordered online. They are a replacement for a 1940'es vintage bike that now only takes "wulst"-type tires, which are only available in very poor quality at very ...
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Does this rim tape need to be replaced?

I replaced my very first tube ever after my tire went flat yesterday. I successfully installing a new tube, inflated it, and left it overnight. This evening the tire was still fully inflated, but ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

I have a puncture in my tube on a bump in the tube that coincides with a dip in the spoke hole, and am not sure if I need to replace the rim tape or not. I have seen numerous posts about spoke ...
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spoke end poking out of rim, thinking it may be reason why Im getting flats

When I run my hand on the inside of the rim, I can feel a protrusion of the spoke end going into the rim. Is that normal? I have been getting about 5 or 6 flats, and they sometimes occur on the same ...
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Which rim tape for 700x28 tires?

Which rim tape should i use for 700x28 tires? I can only find 700x17 or 700x14... I just measured my 26" and the (outside) base of the rim is 24mm... and i used rim tape that is 20mm wide... it ...
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Do I Need to Use Sealant?

If I'm using a pair of "fully sealed tubeless rims" do I need to use sealant? I'm seeing some sites state that it is unnecessary. This question is really spawned by the statement that sealant ...
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Do I Install Tape or Valve First on a Tubeless Rim

I've just unpacked a tubeless wheelset and I'm installing tape and the valve. Which goes first? The tape or the valve? My wheelset is the DT|Swiss Tricon R 1700. And the manual says: "Mount the DT ...
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How to choose rim strip width?

After referencing How do I know which size and type of rim strip to buy? I still couldn't use any of the answers to identify the correct width of rim tape to choose. Velox tape comes in narrow (...
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What factors influence the maximum tire pressure other than the tire itself?

On the tires of a bike, there is a label which shows the maximum allowed pressure for it. However, I am wondering if there are any other factors that affect the maximum allowed pressure in a tire? ...
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What is the purpose of the rubber stripe between the wheel and the air chamber?

I had a flat tire and replaced the air chamber. While doing that the rubber stripe that stands between the wheel and the air chamber ripped and it's no longer a ring. It´s hard to put it correctly and ...
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What should I use, VeloPlugs, Rim Tape, or Rubber Rim Strips in new wheels?

I'm building two new sets of mountain bike 26" wheels, and I'm wondering what to go with. Both are double walled rims, so in addition to the standard rim tape and strips, I can use a product like ...
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I'm perplexed, why is my cloth rim tape not sticking?

I have a pair of Velocity Deep V wheels (silver, from Velo Mine) and have a roll of BBB BTI-98 16 mm tape. I tried to apply it today and the adhesive will not stick to the rim. It just kept sliding. ...
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Rim tape doesn't quite meet, but covers all spoke holes - OK?

The ends of my rim tape are about 1mm apart, but the spoke holes are covered. Is this ok, or should I pull it off and start with a fresh roll? Here's a picture.
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How do I know which size and type of rim strip to buy?

I have a Gary Fisher mountain bike. I was changing the tube in my rear tire. The rim strip (rubber lining around the wheel to protect the tube from the spokes) had moved a bit so I went to adjust it ...
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