After receiving quite a few different samples from Tape Works I choose their metallic silver tape 004 in ¼” width, which is a damn near perfect match to the silver on the front beak and the rack. I also purchased their stripe-it-all tape guide which works great and is very easy to use.
Since I had the rims off the bike to install new tires I decided that applying the tape on the rims should be easier with the rims off the bike. So I a scrap bar of a piece of aluminum I had and drilled holes in it to accept with two 5/16” U-bolts for clamping the axles to the bar, then I clamped the bar to a bench in my shop.
It placed the rim at the perfect height with me sitting on a stool I have, and I used it to apply the tape to the rear rim perfectly by myself. The only thing you have to watch out for is cutting the end of the tape off that has the plastic lead-in stuck to it while trying to hold the guide to in position, which can be tricky
So for the front rim I took a spare piece of 1” x 2” steel tubing I had and bored a hole in one end to accept the front axle to allow me to mount the rim horizontally, as I was thinking that this would allow me to release the tape guide and have it stay in position while I cut off the starting end of the tape with the plastic lead-in.
I found that even with the rim horizontal the tape guide wanted to fall over, so I came up with a simple solution for that by taking a piece of ¾” x 1” aluminum bar and milling a slot in one end to allow it to drop down into the top of the tape guide, with the other end resting on the tire. It has enough weight to hold the tape guide in position while allowing me to use both had to cut the lead in portion of the tape off before overlapping the tape and cutting it off.
All in all, for never having applied rim tape, it was very easy to do and I really like the look of the silver metallic tape on the black rims, which really ties in great with the front beak and the rack.