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Viking tandem rim tape - check / replace!

Posted By: Frank
Date: 14 September 2008

Before our recent tour, I decided to upgrade the tyres that our Viking Tarantino came with (Tioga City Slicker II) to Schwalbe Marathon plus, because I had a spare pair in the garage, and wanted to reduce the risk of a puncture. We did the 200 mile tour and the bike rolled better with the M+ tyres. However that is not the main point of the message!

When I took the tyres off I saw that the inner tubes had circular marks on them where they had pushed against the vey flimsy rim tape and into the spoke holes. Clearly rim tape is one of the areas where Viking have shaved off a few pence to keeep the overall bike cost down! I felt that this could lead to a puncture and so upgraded the rim tape to a better quality one, and fitted some new inner tubes. I'd recommend anyone with a Viking tandem had a look at their rim tape and if like mine, upgrade it, to avoid a sudden puncture.

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