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Old 12-24-06, 06:37 PM   #26
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By riding a bike and keeping my SUV parked, I can definitely afford a new tube and the proper equipment to strap down my loads, and plus I do not wish to be confused with the many homeless bicycle riders in my area.
Let me try being polite here....Considering the amount of one-way consumption we see around us, I've got to wonder if we can really afford it? That's part of what we are discussing here.
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plus I do not wish to be confused with the many homeless bicycle riders in my area.
Wow, not sure what to think about that.
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Old 12-24-06, 08:50 PM   #28
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Considering the amount of one-way consumption we see around us,
I am not going to completely eliminate one-way consumption from my life, but I am reducing the amount that I do consume. Look how much rubber and steel it takes to make an motor vehicle tire versus a bicycle tire and tube. By parking my SUV, I'm not having to purchase tires for it. Granted, that finding other uses for old bicycle tubes is great, but you are not seeing what I am accomplishing, especially when the U.S alone generates 290 million waste tires a year.
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Wow, not sure what to think about that.
I am sorry that I used a poor choice of words, instead of using "homeless", what I really meant was the bike riders who happen to be meth users in my area. They are bicycle riders who do not care about any of rules of the road, race down sidewalks narrowly missing pedestrians with bikes that barely have any or no brakes at all. and are pieced together with just about anything that they can come up with.
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....ive ridden a good share of miles on pieced together bikes but....i fully believe that every one should reduce, reuse and recycle at a level they are comfortable with. my only hope is to encourage others to push that limit because every action does carry significant weight.
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Old 12-24-06, 10:35 PM   #31
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Well, dynodonn, tossing out one bike tube a year probably isn't extravagant consumption. I seem to have more flats though. If I didn't use patches, I'd probably have to throw out ten tubes a year.
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i get about 2 flats a month....!
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I'll have to consider myself forturnate for only having one flat in 3500 miles, if I have any extra good karma in the flat department, I'll send it toward both of you.
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I save a few small pieces of inner tube for padding when clamping things to the bike, so I don't scratch the paint.

Could a person run a heavy chain through an old tube and make a padded locking chain?
I just did this a few days ago for my chain lock, and it works great. I zip tied the tube at one end of the chain and left unbound at the other end. This way it won't move around and I can slide the tube up to use a different link to shorten the chain.

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Averaging only one flat a year, I basically toss my old tubes. I will not try to patch them due to the tire vibration caused by the patch. A person who rides a MTB on a rough trail or a commuter riding on rough roads maybe able to get by patching a tube, but since I ride on smooth paved roads, the constant thumping can get annoying. By riding a bike and keeping my SUV parked, I can definitely afford a new tube and the proper equipment to strap down my loads, and plus I do not wish to be confused with the many homeless bicycle riders in my area.
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...I will not try to patch them due to the tire vibration caused by the patch...since I ride on smooth paved roads, the constant thumping can get annoying.
Where can I find such silky smooth roads that would allow me to finally feel the tube patch in my perfectly manufactured tires and my meticulously trued wheelset. O how I long for a new sensation.
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I just did this a few days ago for my chain lock, and it works great. I zip tied the tube at one end of the chain and left unbound at the other end. This way it won't move around and I can slide the tube up to use a different link to shorten the chain.

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Of course you run the risk of being mistaken for a homeless meth head.

Lots of people encase chains in a tube to make a lock. But be aware that the chain you buy in a hardware store is usually not hardened, and it's very easily cut with common tools.
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I used lengths of inner tube as part of the housing for a set of blinkies I reconfigured a while ago. It kept the insides nice and dry.
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Old 12-28-06, 12:57 PM   #39
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I saw an interesting re-use of an inner tube on lunch today. This bike was chained up near the library. They ran a chain through it to protect the paint on the bike. Not sure what kind of bolt-cutter resistance it offers (okay, I am sure - it doesn't slow down bolt cutters at all) but it's an interesting use of an old inner tube:

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I like the idea of using strips cut from tubes as fasteners; for example to hold a mini pump to the frame where I want it, rather than where there are braze-ons.

What I'd like to find are some small plastic bits, probably 'H' shaped to use as fasteners, to slip thru holes in the end of the strips
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inner tubes can be very useful for handlebar shims
Useful, maybe. Safe, not so much. If you want to recycle something for a handlebar shim, try cutting up a soda or beer can instead.
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I've cut up old inner tubes to make rim strips in a pinch. You could also use them as bungees for large loads as-is, with no cutting or hole punching - just loop each end around the hooks at the bottom of your rack (where it attaches to the dropouts).
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I saw this product demonstrated at the ABCE back in September. Called It Clips, they use an old inner tube. Fantastic product and one of those that are so simple you wonder why the hell you didn't think of it.

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I saw one guy here on these forums who turned an old set of wire bead tires into a set of fenders.

Old inner tubes can also be cut up and used for:

finishing tapes for your bar wrap

headset boots to keep spray out of your headset

wash them out and keep some sections in a drawer in the kitchen, good for peeling garlic and opening stuck lids.
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I saw this product demonstrated at the ABCE back in September. Called It Clips, they use an old inner tube. Fantastic product and one of those that are so simple you wonder why the hell you didn't think of it.

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I've made belts from old inner tubes and plastic Fastex type fasteners from old back pack straps or from REI.
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Reuse first. I kept using this tire when the tread fell off, now the white cloth layer is gone. I guess I'm down to the kevlar, that stuff is bulletproof, right? When I'm spinning out my top gear on a downhill with my seven foot long trailer in tow, I worry about a blowout.
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Old tubes are one of those things with 1,001 uses. A pox on people who litter, leaving them beside the trail.
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I've seen old tires turned into playground mulch, lasts forver but is pretty expensive. It has the advantage of providing soem rebound when a child falls or drops from the monkey bars!
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Tubes and tires are a thrifty person's bungee cords.
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They ran a chain through it to protect the paint on the bike.
I used to do that in the '70s. It kept your chain from damaging your paint job. The real problem with that is that it does tend to collect water when it rains and your chain tends to rust faster. And it takes up a more room when you are trying to stow the chain.
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