reohn2 wrote: .........what surprises me is that you find rimtape 'a pig to fit and remove'.
I can't say it's ever taken me more than a couple of minutes to do either with the plastic stuff,it's just a plastic hoop that needs stretching over the rim edge like a tyre.
I find the best way to remove it is to get small flat s/driver under it via the valve hole,once one edge is lifted slip a pozi head s/driver in one side work it across to lift the other edge,so you have a screwdriver blade bridging over the two rim edges with the tape stretched over it,the first driver can then be removed if it hasn't already fell out.
With the driver across both rim edges slip another one across by the side of the first,then push them apart whilst easing the tape over the rim edge,a bit like getting a tyre off.
It takes longer(for me)to type it,than do it.
My experience of rim tape is of two sorts.
1. plain cotton and a metal "buckle" that the cotton tape threads through to secure it. The buckle had a hole in it to line up with the valve hole.
2. a very tight continuous plasticated strip with a hole that must line up perfectly with the valve hole.
First sort was fine, but the metal buckle would rust and the cotton would rot. Mind you, the system was easy to use and easy to change or align.
The second sort is a pig because they are tight
. Maybe on wider rims there is room to move the tape as you describe, but on narrow rims it's very tight and it's very easy NOT
to get it central in the well, and because the rim is narrow, it's very difficult to rotate it accurately enough to align the valve hole. Good job you don't have to disturb them very often.
Oh, and because it's difficult to get it centrally in the well, it upsets the fitting of a tyre.
Maybe on wider rims it's ok, but on narrow rims, the tape is a pig and fitting tyres is a pig too.