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I have been having some trouble with rim tape slipping. I tried using wider tape but that caused problems getting new tubes on or tires off. Has anyone used rim plugs? The wheels that im trying to get setup are Zipp404s

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Evan Marks (not verified)
one word


IMHO every thing else is imitation, knockoff, or an answer to a question that hasn't been asked.

(Rim plugs do get good reviews but ya gotta be pretty damn fussy to install 'em)

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Tony Rentschler (not verified)
Plugs work fine

I had trouble with rim tape - even Velox - slipping on a set of Sun CR-18 rims. Dunno why. The rims were very slick for some reason, even though I cleaned them carefully.

Anyway, I had a set of plugs so I used them. No problems. They are a bit fiddly to install, but that's something you only do once.

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An anonymous cow! (Christian Edstrom) (not verified)


- An anonymous cow

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Bill Vojtech (not verified)
way back when...

Before rim tape, we used rubber rim strips. Mine broke the night before a ride– no shops open. One layer of frosted scotch tape under one layer of vinyl electrical tape. Lasted for years with no problem.

Today, I use Velox.

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Phil (not verified)

Thanks for your help

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Richard Rosenthal (not verified)
Another, potentially important use for rim tape.

Suppose your bike is stolen and recovered by the police or someone else. How will you prove it's yours? Here's one way: Write your name, and maybe your address and phone on the rim strips. (Yeah, yeah: OK, so that only proves the wheels are yours....)

I also write the date the wheel was built, the spoke length(s), and even my weight to keep a record of such. There is utility in the first two, and humility in the third.

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