13/14 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)
Rim Band suitable for 13" and 14" wheel rim sizes. Blockley Rim Bands are used to protect the inner tubes from the spoke heads that are in the wheel wells of wire wheels. Often they are also used when steel wheels are riveted or have aggressive spot welded marks in the center which could cut or abrade the inner tubes.
The reason Blockley makes it's own rim bands is because many available rim bands are feathered in thickness at the edges which we have found goes hard over a period of time and these thin edges act like razor blades slitting the inner tube. These bands are also often a dark fairly inelastic material material which clearly hardens quite easily with age.
Blockley rim bands are made from a softer compound and the edges are square cut at the full thickness, which stops this problem occurring. This level of attention to detail (as with all our products) really is important.
You'll also find that other bands offered will be the same rim band for a 14" wheel as a 17" wheel, whereas teh Blockleys are made for 13" and 14" with the larger sizes catered for with their own bands. So now you'll have some idea of why we produce our own rim bands! Rim bands are only necessary to place in the wheel well of wire wheels where exposed spoke heads are present. Insulation tape is not adequate! (this also goes hard and cuts the tube).
Note that the rim bands only fit in the rim well. On any standard wire wheel the dimples on the outside of the wheel rim do get covered by the bead of the tyre and as such the inner tube is protected from them. We have been asked by frustrated customers on a number of occasions how to get the bands to stay there. . .
And since producing Blockley rim bands, it was surprising how the price of rim bands suddenly plummeted! Blockley rim bands cost no more than anything else available, so there is no reason to fit anything else!