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    Question Handrim covering idea - your thoughts?

    It's split convoluted tubing used to cover electrical cabling.

    It's available in a variety of diameters and I was wondering whether it would work as a lightweight covering for pushrims? The only downside is that it's not soft like rib grips but it is cheap!
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    Can't see this working. You would have to have some way to crimp it onto the existing push rim, like cable ties, but would have to be something that would not chew up your hands, and would not slip around reducing your control. It is fairly brittle as well, and I imagine it would be more so if exposed to sunlight for any period of time.

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    That stuff is hard plastic and thin. It would be slippery and not last very long, maybe a day.

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    This should be worth a try https://www.amazon.com/X-Treme-Tape-...lf+fusing+tape or this https://www.amazon.com/X-TREME-TAPE-...8V3TDKVTNZERB0 if you wrap it well, should work perfect and inexpensive.
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    The hard plastic loom is a terrible idea for push rims. Personally I don't like coated rims, I like smooth raw titanium push rims as they hold up well to abuse and I then again I have good grip strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rshadd View Post
    Personally I don't like coated rims, I like smooth raw titanium push rims as they hold up well to abuse and I then again I have good grip strength.
    Are titanium rims lighter than aluminium?
    Also are your titanium rims polished or matt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by russianboss View Post
    This should be worth a try https://www.amazon.com/X-Treme-Tape-...lf+fusing+tape or this https://www.amazon.com/X-TREME-TAPE-...8V3TDKVTNZERB0 if you wrap it well, should work perfect and inexpensive.
    I have tried the fusing tape but it didn't last. It probably needed a few layers rather than the single layer that I applied.
    I wonder if the x-treme tape would hold up better?
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    These aren't cheap, but they've worked well for my husband:
    http://www.intelliwheels.net/fit-grips/
    The PRO model is for active manual wheelchair users.
    I've found better pricing on Amazon, Ebay and SpinLIfe than on the company website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night_Owl View Post
    Are titanium rims lighter than aluminium?
    Also are your titanium rims polished or matt?
    No. Aluminum is lighter than titanium, but titanium has double the strength and is about 60% denser than aluminum.

    So what does that mean in the real world? Well, my aluminum pushrims are covered with nicks, scratches and gouge marks, while my raw Ti pushrims still look brand new after 9 years of use and abuse. I also like the aesthetics of the Ti rims since they match the color of my frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night_Owl View Post
    Are titanium rims lighter than aluminium?
    Also are your titanium rims polished or matt?
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