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#53571 - 09/21/09 06:30 AM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Az4x4]
Core2Quad Offline
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Registered: 04/01/09
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Ended up using one layer of duct tape. Then I was able to rubber cement the band back together! Rubber cement is great stuff it held very well!

Got my 2 spokes replaced and my tube patched, and my bikes ready to role!
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#53582 - 09/21/09 03:54 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Core2Quad]
Az4x4 Offline
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Good on ya C2Q!! By the way, always carry a small roll of duct tape with you while riding. You never know when it might come in handy..
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#53596 - 09/21/09 07:04 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Az4x4]
Cigar Mike Offline
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Loc: Centennial, Co
The nice thing about duct tape is that it tears well. You can easily tear it in one inch wide strips. I tear it in one inch wide and make two wraps in the well over the spokes. It does help when a spoke breaks and helps prevent the broken spoke from causing a flat. Safety wiring the spokes where they cross is good to help prevent a broken spoke from doing this as well as preventing other damage.

The next generation duct tape being used now for duct is even better.

Cigar Mike
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#53607 - 09/21/09 10:46 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Cigar Mike]
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Why can't you use 2" wide tape on the XT's rims? I do. It fits fine It does cover a larger area, but that's one of the reasons I use it. I cover the entire inside of the rim between the flanges, so the tube does not make any contact with metal. Electrical tape (quality electrical tape) would also work fine, it would just take a lot more of it, because I would still put on several layers (more than duct tape, because it is thinner), and would still cover the entire inside of the rim with it, from flange to flange. Jerry.
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#53840 - 09/26/09 01:33 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: JerryH]
doxbike Offline
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Registered: 11/17/07
Posts: 234
Loc: SoCal
Get this stuff, too many uses to list. I've even used it on a radiator hose on my truck. worked so well I never replaced the hose!

http://www.rescuetape.com/

p.s.I bought several rolls at a motorcycle show for $5/roll
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#53845 - 09/26/09 02:45 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: JerryH]
Cigar Mike Offline
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JerryH,

I started using a narrower strip because I had a problem with the tire not wanting to seat because it caught on the tape when I went full width. It only happened once but that was one time too many. By using one inch strips I place two wraps around the rim which provides more protection and uses the same amount of tape as one wrap with a two inch wide strip.

I am not suggesting that is the only way or even the right way. It is just what I do and why.

Cigar Mike
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#53848 - 09/26/09 04:16 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: doxbike]
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I tried to use duct tape when we first got or XT225s but it didn't stick very well..
Electrical tape stretches to much so imho doesn't work well as rim tape.. Hockey
tape is to thick and can make tire changes much harder (if using multiple layers)

Since I had a bicycle shop, I replaced the rubber rim strip with bicycle rim tape..
Works much better than duct tape because this rim tape is made of nylon fabric
and has a much tighter weave and tpi (thread per inch).. Since it is made for a
mountain bike (rim not as wide) I use three layers (left, right & a center layer)..

If you can be bothered to source this type of product.. You'll have in my opinion
a great rim tape.. Since it's adhesive tape it sticks and will stay in place and will
not move exposing a spoke nipple.. Installed this rim tape on our XT225s almost
10 years ago and it is still there doing it's job (haven't needed to replace it yet)..

This rim tape is distributed by a Canadian Parts Distributor.. "Cycles Lambert"..
Retail per roll was about $12.00 CDN (good for about 8 wheels if using 3 layers)
I do not know if there is a USA distributor for this particular product.. Ritchey
(a USA company) had a similar rim tape but was much more expensive..

Trace Rim Tape - Item # 02-3503-0

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#53852 - 09/26/09 05:41 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Chartman]
Cigar Mike Offline
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Chartman,

That is a great idea. I never thought about what may be available from that market.

Thanks, and nice chart.

Cigar Mike
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#53856 - 09/26/09 06:32 PM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Cigar Mike]
Chartman Offline
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Loc: Canada

Most people would not know that.. But because I had a bicycle shop that is what
we used on our all bicycles and what I decided to use on all our motorcycles.. And
why I recommended it.. I am sure most riders here especially those with only one
m/c can't be bothered to source this type of rim tape.. But a few may..

No different than yourself being a welder (pipe fitter).. You'll have the knowledge
on what is the best type of welding wire/flux etc to use for different applications..
But self taught welder like myself would have no clue about everything & anything
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#53885 - 09/27/09 12:54 AM Re: Rim band or duct tape? [Re: Chartman]
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I know about the bicycle tape, I am a former mountain biker, till I had to give it up because of the arthritis. It would work great, but is expensive, especially on a wide motorcycle rim. I still believe the entire inside of the rim should be covered, but can also see how it could cause a problem under certain circumstances. I just don't like the tube in contact with metal. Right now I am using some expensive blue duct tape, this stuff is really sticky and strong, it was designed for the asbestos abatement industry to hold up plastic sheeting. It is 2" wide. My Cheng Shin tires and monster tubes seem to fit fine, the tires are wearing really well. Jerry.
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The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
'01 XT225 street '94 XT225 mostly dirt




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