HOW TO TAPE A RIM
TIME TO COMPLETE:
• Duct tape
• Lint-free rag
• Contact cleaner
• Compressed air
Believe it or not, a thin rubber band is the only safeguard between your delicate tire tube and the metal spoke heads that line the inside of the rim.
The smart choice is to replace the rubber band with duct
tape. Although it will add weight, the chances of suffering
a flat due to the spokes puncturing the tube are greatly
reduced. We think it’s a wise trade-off.
With the tire and tube removed from the wheel, locate
the rubber band that surrounds the interior of the rim.
Remove the band, as you won’t need it anymore.
Locate the rim lock. Using the appropriate wrench,
remove the rim-lock nut. Pull the rim lock out of the rim.
Inspect it for any possible damage, and set it aside if it’s
in proper working condition.
Now is the perfect opportunity to check the tightness
of your spokes. Using the appropriate tools, tighten the
spokes to the recommended torque setting found in your
Generously spray contact cleaner while slowly rotating
the rim so as to apply cleaner to every spoke head. Be
sure to also spray the entire width of the rim’s interior.
Use a lint-free rag to wipe away any residue. Make
sure the interior of the rim is clean, as you’ll be installing
duct tape to the area. When you’re done, it’s advisable to
spray compressed air around the spoke heads to ensure
that all grime and condensation are gone.