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Start by choosing the correct width tape for your rims.
  • Start by choosing the correct width tape for your rims.

    • For 21mm internal width rims use 25mm wide tape.

    • For 24mm internal width rims use 28mm wide tape.

    • For 27mm and 28mm internal width rims use 30mm wide tape.

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Thoroughly clean your rims with denatured alcohol.
  • Thoroughly clean your rims with denatured alcohol.

  • If your rim has been taped before, be sure to remove any pieces of old tape or adhesive.

  • Make sure the rims are clean and dry before taping.

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Begin taping about 10cm from the valve hole; you will cover the valve hole as soon as you start taping. Press the first 10cm of tape down into the rim valley to make sure it is well attached to the rim.
  • Begin taping about 10cm from the valve hole; you will cover the valve hole as soon as you start taping.

  • Press the first 10cm of tape down into the rim valley to make sure it is well attached to the rim.

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Now add some tension to the tape - it will stretch slightly to allow for easier application. Continue taping the rim, keeping the tape tight and making sure it is centered in the rim. Cover the rim with two layers of tape, stop once you have passed the valve stem for the third time (this means a short area over the valve hole with have three layers of tape).
  • Now add some tension to the tape - it will stretch slightly to allow for easier application.

  • Continue taping the rim, keeping the tape tight and making sure it is centered in the rim.

  • Cover the rim with two layers of tape, stop once you have passed the valve stem for the third time (this means a short area over the valve hole with have three layers of tape).

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As you get near the valve hole for the last time, cut the tape so it covers 10cm past the valve hole.
  • As you get near the valve hole for the last time, cut the tape so it covers 10cm past the valve hole.

  • Without stretching the tape, apply it to the rim and press it firmly into the rim valley.

  • Using your finger or a plastic tire lever, carefully go around the rim pressing the tape down firmly into the tire bead and rim bed to make sure the tape is sticking properly.

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Using an awl or other pointy instrument, carefully poke a hole in the tape at the valve hole location.
  • Using an awl or other pointy instrument, carefully poke a hole in the tape at the valve hole location.

  • The hole should be slightly smaller than the valve as the tape will stretch around the valve.

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Conclusion

Thanks for reading, now get out there and ride!

The Hive

Member since: 12/05/2012

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