Rim Strips or Duct Tape?

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10/9/2021 12:36 PM

Which do you guys prefer? I have been running duct tape on my rims forever and recently went back to rim strips because I was tired of the residue duct tape leaves behind. One tire change interval and that strip was completely destroyed. Is there any better tape to use than duct tape?

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Don't ever let facts get in the way of a great story

10/9/2021 12:47 PM

Gorilla tape is a high quality duct tape that works much better than the cheap tape that's out there now. Still leaves residue but not as much.

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10/9/2021 12:58 PM

1 in wide gaffers tape from Amazon.

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10/9/2021 1:01 PM

I had to do a trail side flaty repair and the rim band was broken, used electrical tape and it held up for the rest of the trip which was eight more days and somewhere between 60 and 100 miles a day in Mexico, everything from high speed roads to super rude rocky hill climbs, held up just fine. the rear tire being nearly bald was a bigger problem.

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10/9/2021 1:04 PM

dcg141 wrote:

Gorilla tape is a high quality duct tape that works much better than the cheap tape that's out there now. Still leaves residue ...more

Another vote for Gorilla. That stuff is gnarly.

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Brennan- "Didn't you read the rules?"

10/9/2021 1:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/9/2021 1:59 PM

British guy here chipping in... A wheel builder here swears by rim tape as it permits for trapped moisture and condensation to escape the rim, rather than sit within it and corrode both the nipples and rim internals.

Granted we have some gross conditions, but just my / his 2 pence

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10/9/2021 2:15 PM

Rim strips on all my builds. I really don’t like tape on rims…

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10/9/2021 2:19 PM

Rim strips 100% of the time.

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10/9/2021 2:23 PM

Does anyone know what weighs more?

If your into that kind of thing.

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10/9/2021 2:56 PM

Gorilla tape is what I use. Just wondering if there’s anything better. I guess rim strips are fine if you replace them 1-2 tire changes.

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Don't ever let facts get in the way of a great story

10/9/2021 3:06 PM

Rim strip unless I'm building the wheel then use gorilla tape. It will last as long as the rim will. When its a blank rim ill lay down 3 layers of gorilla tape and open up every spoke hole in the tape. I have yet to have the tape go bad before the rim.

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10/9/2021 3:12 PM

Rim straps all the way...good ones, not the $0.99 shitters.

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

10/9/2021 3:17 PM

I actually use both…..I CANT GET MY SHIT TOGETHER

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10/9/2021 3:25 PM

Moto520 wrote:

I actually use both…..I CANT GET MY SHIT TOGETHER

Lol same.

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10/9/2021 3:37 PM

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10/9/2021 3:40 PM

Looks good. Maybe I’ll try that. Thank you

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10/9/2021 4:03 PM

I've always wanted to try an adhesive back, heat shrink tape. Like this-
https://buyheatshrink.com/heatshrinktubing/heat-shrink-kits-splices-and-end-caps/heat-shrink-tape/heat-shrinkable-tape

Anyone used a product like this? Might give it a go on the next set of wheels I build.

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Brennan- "Didn't you read the rules?"

10/9/2021 5:54 PM

What ever I can lay my hands on first

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10/9/2021 7:42 PM

Tried tape, wasn’t a fan of the residue. So Rim strips for me.

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