7 Ways To Use Your Old Bicycle Inner Tubes

7 Ways To Use Your Old Bicycle Inner Tubes


– Now many of us have plenty
of these lying around. Old inner tubes. So wherever you put your
stuff after you’ve finished your ride, often we just forget about it. So your garage, your shed,
your workshop, who knows? So, what can we do with these? Well, other than re-patch
them and use them again, the obvious choice, there
are some other uses. What I’m going to show you
today though is how to use them within cycling still
because outside of cycling, there are thousands of
different ways you can use them. Okay, so first up it’s
pretty common these days for most of us to fit things
like GPSs, lights, fenders, all sorts of accessories to our bikes. However, often you’re clamping onto carbon and you want to protect that really. Okay, so the first step is you’re going to have to measure it. So simply grab your old
tube, wrap it around, and you can see that, what
it is how much you need. So what you need to do is
then trim the old inner tube then to the same width
as the accessory bracket you’re trying to mount, wrap
it around, put the accessory in place, and then simply
tighten it back up. So, dangly helmet straps. There is nothing good
about a dangly strap. So simple solution, get a
narrow section of inner tube, cut widthwise across it so essentially you’ve got a small elastic band. Pull that over across the
buckle, and hey presto. It’s in place. No more dangly straps. Now chain locks are fantastic
for protecting your bike. However, they’re not always
that kind to your paint work, especially if you’re a bit haphazard in locking up your bike. So what you’re going to need to do, get a mountain bike inner tube, cut it widthwise and then
simply lay the chain down next to the inner tube,
mark it, take a couple of centimeters off and
then make another cut. That way you can just
slide the chain inside that mountain bike tube and you’re good to go. Now a bonus little tip here
is to get something sharp, poke a hole through
the tube on both sides, then zip tie the tube in place. Okay, so this is a ghetto
solution, as I like to call it. So an off-the-shelf product
which is already available. You simply get an inner tube,
wrap it around the chainstay, and it stops the chain
from bashing down on it. You can also do it underneath
your down tube as well. So that’s of particular
importance to those of you who’re gravel riding, going
off-road a little bit. Also, for those of you who
lock up your bike regularly to things such as railings,
fences, what you can do is wrap the tube around your
frame tubes, therefore protecting the paint work. Okay, so for this you’re gonna
need something fairly sturdy overhead, or least sturdy enough to hold the weight of your bike. In my case, I’ve got some
handily-placed racking. Lucky boy. Okay, you’re gonna wrap your
inner tube around, tie a small knot in it, and then poke the
nose of your saddle through. And then you’ve got yourself
somewhere to store your bike or even work on it. Nice little solution. And for those of you who get cold feet, and not the type when you’re
a little bit nervous about a situation, but the type when
you’re actually out riding, you may well have small ventilation holes in the sole of your shoe. If you do, what you need to
do is get a mountain bike inner tube, cut it up into pieces so it’s as wide as possible, so
you’re gonna look at probably something like this. Then simply place the
insole over the tube, and cut around where the ventilation holes will be underneath the insole. So, a final tip is to
use an old inner tube as a resistance band. Personally, I think that the
price of a resistance band for some pre-hab or
rehab is quite expensive. So why not just make use
of your old inner tube? Now do remember to let us
know your uses for old inner tubes in the comments down below. I’m looking forward to reading, actually, what you use them for. I’ve stuck to cycling examples,
but I’d be pretty keen to see what you use yours
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