|Ready to get started,|
Unfortunately the wheels have become popular enough that they had a limited number on hand when I finally got around to ordering them. That number was one, exactly one shy of the two that we actually needed for Cathy and I. Anyhow, Al sent me the one set that he had and I have a second pair on order that will hopefully show up this week. Regardless, we should be OK for now with what we have.
|Belgian tape over the coat of glue (backing on still).|
The way that I start the process is to clean and rough up the rim surface, especially with carbon-fiber rims. This starts with steel wool on the glue track to rough it up a little while not really abrade the rim surface. Then I hit the surface of the rims glue track with a quick swipe of lacquer thinner on a clean rag to remove any contaminants or dust. Let that evaporate or hit the surface with a clean dry rag before applying the first coat of cement. I personally prefer Mastic One but have had pretty good luck with the Continental carbon fiber specific cement as well. Either way, I use the big can of cement and a flux brush to apply it.
|Half width Belgian tape with backing off.|
Before we move onto the second coat, lets discuss my new best friend, that being Belgian gluing tape. I personally Velox Jantex because it is easy to find. I like to use it a little differently than most though. The biggest benefit of the tape is obviously to help adhere the cement to the rim surface by giving base support and tying it all together, sort of like reinforcement mesh in concrete.
|Glue, tape, glue.|
Once the tape is set, apply it to the mostly set up initial layer of cement on the rims. When it is on the rim correctly, I like to burnish it down lightly so that it adheres to as much of the rim surface as possible. After that you can go ahead and start the process over again, adding the second even coat of cement to the rims and tires. By the time you get through all of that, depending on the conditions and how fast you are, the cement is probably tacky enough to move onto the third coat. That is usually enough for the tires assuming you put a nice thick even coat on but new rims will usually need another coat.
|Finished product ready to mount up.|
Sweet, a box just arrived from the wilds of Maine with the new second pair of new Carver wheels from Bikeman. Thanks Al!