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« on: March 02, 2008 09:22:33 AM »

I have a ridiculous amount of popped bike tubes. I've been making bracelets, belts, and pouches out of them so far...but does anyone have any other uses for these things?

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008 09:39:42 AM »

I am so jealous!  I asked at our local bike shop about getting old inner tubes and someone already gets them *pout*.  I wanted to play around with making some Frankenstein fabric with it ... my son wants these $500 curtains for his room and I thought I could make them with old inner tubes.

So anyway ... sew them together is what all that leads to.


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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2008 01:36:09 PM »

have you ever heard of devil sticks? sometimes, they go by the name of luna sticks. there are two plain sticks and one main flyer, usually with tassles on the end.. they are like juggling sticks, and you do like tricks with the midle ones... if you are interested, PM me and i have a great site with perfect instructions for them.

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2008 01:37:27 PM »

This is an awesome project using an inner tube and other bike parts.

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2008 05:19:47 PM »

I volunteer at a community bike shop, and we cut old tubes into strips and use them for grip tape and rim lining, but if you're not working on your bike a lot you likely have more tubes then you need for that!

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2008 05:39:32 PM »

There's a small company called flat.  They use old inner tubes as parts of messanger bags and purses.  It's very cool, you could try that. 

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2008 04:49:14 PM »

I cut them in strips and use them to tie two things together tightly since the strips can be stretched before tying a knot the two parts are always snug together. For example if I have two awkward pieces I am welding together I use a strip until I get a spot weld in place.

I have also had good luck using them to tie things to a car roof rack or bike rack since the knots tend not to come loose easily.

They can also be used to re-wrap a handle on a hand tool, like a hammer.

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2008 04:52:45 PM »

Do you knit?  You can make this awesome felted messenger bag that uses the tube as a strap.

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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008 10:56:41 AM »

Thanks for the all suggestions, everyone!

I made this bag completely out of bike tubes last year, just found it recently..had to do a little patching up where the strap connects to the bag because it was beginning to tear, but its one of my favorite bags!

Will post pictures later.

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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2008 10:06:17 AM »

This is kind of funny to see your post. My husband saw that a wire holding our newly planted tree was snapped, and he took old innertubes and wrapped them around the tree and looped them over the solid posts next to the tree. They hold the tree securely, while letting it move with the wind. He wanted to make something more permanent looking, and I said I knid of liked using the innertubes.
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