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What uses have you found for your old innertubes?

Old 08-22-09, 09:35 AM
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What uses have you found for your old innertubes?

Two uses I have found so far are putting a little piece in the socket of my adjustable bar end mirror to keep it from self adjusting and as a replacement for the o ring that is used to mount my NiteRider Mini Newt to my handle bars.

Yes a mirror and a light how Fred am I, but better Fred than Dead
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Old 08-22-09, 10:01 AM
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Jumbo sling shot to amuse the kids.
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Old 08-22-09, 11:01 AM
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My Dad uses them to reinforce the cushion support on the chairs on our deck. They're basically a metal frame with rubber straps, but they stretch out, so my Dad ties pieces of tubes and they hold up quite well.

A friend of mine used to used cut-up portions of old tubes to tie bikes to his trunk rack because he was too lazy to buy bungees, and he had a friend who worked at a bike shop that gave him an endless supply of bad tubes.
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Looped a couple around my rear car's bumper to tow a friend on his broken-down motorcycle.
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The rear-wheel strap and end cap flew off my THULE rack driving down the highway. I use a piece to tie my rear wheel down when transporting my bicycle.

I also use a piece to tie the front wheel to the THULE wheel holder, just in case. I once had a front wheel fly out of the thing. Turns out I had pinched it between the QR, and the axle, not where it should have seated between the QR and the hub. It loosened on the highway, and off it went!
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bungee cords
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Horn rubber for saddles, both on the ranch and when Im team roping, bicycle innertube rubber is softer than car tubes so it grabs the rope better and slides less...
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cut small sections to use as a boot to protect lower headset races.
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I use mine to protect the floor of my trash can.
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I keep a couple of small squares in my seat bag for use as emergency tire boots.

For my SSFG city bike, I wrap sections around the frame to protect it from dings & scratches (it gets locked up to all kinds of stuff)
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Restraints











































for my truck
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
bungee cords
x2 i used some to tie down stuff other side before a storm i usually use bungees but i ran out.
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i have never thrown away an inner tube. they have loads of patches on them and work just as well
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I use them to pad the inside of the trash can so that the other things I throw away won't be damaged
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I took the tubes out of some old sewups and used them in place of eel skins on some lead head fishing jigs.

Now that's recycling

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I use them to decorate my trash can.
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Originally Posted by riff View Post
I keep a couple of small squares in my seat bag for use as emergency tire boots.

For my SSFG city bike, I wrap sections around the frame to protect it from dings & scratches (it gets locked up to all kinds of stuff)
I recently removed the protective inner tubes from my fixed gear as I'm rebuilding it, and I found that they had left faint (but apparently permanent) yellow stains on the white paintwork. Grrr.

I use inner tubes for all manner of bodging (that's a British word, look it up). They've proved particularly useful for my improvised 3w torch mounts and in general for making slippy things not slip.

Now if only I could find a use for worn out tyres - they really seem to have no purpose.

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This thread has given me so many ideas. I really liked the idea of using them as extra cushions for things.

I'm keeping my first 2 blown tubes as my new spares, since I just bought 2 new tubes I don't want to buy 2 more when I have 2 that were very easily patched. However before RAGBRAI next year I will be buying many tubes, but hopefully won't need them when I get some new tires.
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http://www.instructables.com/id/10-o...LLSTEPS#step19 -- handgun grip. (no, it isn't mine, just something I found)
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I cut a piece of a shredded mtb tube to hold my multi-tool to keep my saddle bag contents quiet.
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Replacement grips for largesh tools -- hammers, hatchets, machetes, shovels.

Agressive, non-slip MTB bar wrap.

Tie up trees, bushes, etc.

Piece to tie and hold front wheel when bike is on rack.
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I patch the holes, then use them to hold compressed air in my bicycle tires.
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http://www.instructables.com/id/10-o...LLSTEPS#step19 -- handgun grip. (no, it isn't mine, just something I found)
yes, I forgot that one.
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I once used a punctured tube to secure a large bone my friend found to his top tube. His science teacher later confirmed that it was the thigh bone from a cow.
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