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Plum said:
I also make sure to replace the rim tape on every new wheelset that makes it's way into the household. A jumbo roll of gaffers tape makes it easy and cheap, 1 $5 roll of gaffers tape = dozens (if not hundreds) of wheels.

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Plum had some really good points in his post, but I really agree with this. Be suspect of factory rim tape on anything but a top of the line bike!. Crappy rim tape has cost me more tubes than any other cause. I've not used gaffers tape, but I'm use it's much better than what they use on many rims.

Good quality rim tape ($5) pays for itself over and over. While you are at it, check less than TOTL rims for tiny metal shards left over from the spoke hole drilling process. Lightly sand the spoke hole, just to be safe.
 

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Wheelspeed said:
Well, just picked up our new to us tandem. Yaaaaayyyy!
I already went from hero to zero four miles into our first ride. Booooooooo!

We got a flat. No big deal as I had a tube... but, the rims were deeper V than I'm used to so the valve stem on my tube wasn't long enough. AND, I haven't carried patch kits in 20 years of biking single bikes, preferring to carry entire tubes. So we had to walk the 4 miles home.
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Another lesson hard learned.

We had the same problem compounded by a failure to check the equipment prior to a ride. I have 2 wheel sets. The stock wheel set has semi-aero rims that will take a 32 mm stem. They are NOT QR skewers. I forgot to pack the 4" crescent wrench needed to remove the hub nuts.

A few weeks later we were riding a very technical bike path when the rear wheel went off the pavement and blew out when it came back on. Unbeknownst to me when I put on the new tube there was a hole in the tire. When the tube blew immediately we found the hole and used a folded $1 BILL to span the hole and allow us to ride to a nearby bike shop ( 5 mi) I ridden a similar patched tire 10 mi in a pinch.

Remember these lessons, or learn them later.
 
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