Author Topic: Uses for expired inner tubes  (Read 8094 times)

Tim

Uses for expired inner tubes
« on: April 29, 2010, 09:54:35 am »
Riding in this morning on the freshly deskogged MTB I considered the chainstay protector I had applied. One length of dead inner tube, wrap the stay and cable tie it at either end. Cheap, practical, and as effective as the expensive alternatives. Doesn't even look particularly bad.

I then considered the flower stick (built from inner tubes), the endless supply of rubber bands (cut from inner tubes), the Heath Robinson rig holding the cat flap open before the mogs worked out how to open it themselves (made from inner tubes) the flogger (made from inner tubes), the frame padding for when the bikes go on the car roof (cut from inner tubes)...

Is there any more useful defunct bicycle bit?

dasmoth

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 09:59:47 am »
Is there any more useful defunct bicycle bit?

Not that I've found.

I kind-of feel there ought to be something constructive one can do with an old chain, especially if it's still fully serviceable and just retired to keep wear to the rest of the drive train under control.  But I haven't worked out quite what.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 10:00:58 am »
I have a whole crate of beyond-repair tubes.  I'm wondering whether I'll find a use for all of them one day...
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 10:03:56 am »
Sections of old inner tube make good protectors for the lower headset bearings.  Cut a length about 5 or 6 inches, drop the forks, apply sleeve of inner tube, replace forks, adjust.

A keen mtb'er of my acquaintance is running down old stock of pink latex inner tubes.    :D    

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 10:06:38 am »
Inner tubes - great for teaching people how to fix punctures. They also make good ties for saplings, but slightly limiting unless you're starting a small woodland retreat.

I really need to get a list of stuff that can be re-used on a bike.
A lot can be re-used - from dust caps upwards.

I've seen belts from tyres but there's only so many you can make.
You can also make a compost heap out of tyres, apparently.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 10:20:05 am »
I always have a half-metre section in the bottom of my wheelbag. When I take the wheels of to put a bike in the back of a car, I loop it round the chain, pull it up and tie it round the brake bridge. It stops the chain from coming off the chainring and flopping around, and I never have to get my hands dirty.

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010, 10:24:40 am »
Good tip there Rhys.

I use bits of old tube instead of the oft lost bits of mounting rubber that come with anything that clamps to a bike. Dunking them in hot water first lets them stretch easily over bars, stems, cranks (ok, bit of a specialized one that), seat post, etc etc.

With a big pop fastener at either end, an 8" length makes a decent trouser clip.

A  long length can be used instead of a Theraband for physio exercises.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010, 10:25:32 am »
I have a whole crate of beyond-repair tubes.  I'm wondering whether I'll find a use for all of them one day...

How about a stretchy garotte for a long and painful dispatch of your local BNP candidate / recalcitrent white van man etc?

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2010, 10:48:30 am »
To solve the same problem, I was thinking about cutting them into long strips and braiding a solid rubber twelve foot singletail whip.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2010, 10:54:55 am »
I have a gert big hardened steel chain for locking my bike, covered with an old 2" MTB inner tube (complete with patches).

Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2010, 10:57:29 am »
I kind-of feel there ought to be something constructive one can do with an old chain, especially if it's still fully serviceable and just retired to keep wear to the rest of the drive train under control.  But I haven't worked out quite what.

I have a rather nice bracelet and choker set made out of some mangled nine-speed that Tim found lying around the garage. It's also a useful way of carrying some spare chain and a quicklink with you.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2010, 12:08:10 pm »
On my Beloved Stoker's posh French umbrella the top is now held onto the spike by a spare seat-stay clip from a pannier rack, a short M5 bolt, and a layer of inner tube. Quite the most elegant bodge in the home.

nicknack

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2010, 12:50:23 pm »
I cut them up to make mouthpiece patches for my saxes. Stick 'em on with Evostick. Last longer than commercial ones too.
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clarion

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2010, 12:58:57 pm »
To solve the same problem, I was thinking about cutting them into long strips and braiding a solid rubber twelve foot singletail whip.

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2010, 02:58:22 pm »
I have a whole crate of beyond-repair tubes.  I'm wondering whether I'll find a use for all of them one day...

Some sort of Scrapheap Challenge style giant catapult/crossbow/trebuchet, surely?
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2010, 04:15:37 pm »
Once you get enough, surely there's only one word needed: Catwoman. :demon:
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2010, 05:01:27 pm »
i have used a several of old innertubes as the power plant for a cotton reel tank. The cotton reel was a cable drum.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2010, 05:05:55 pm »
The cotton reel was a cable drum.

How big?

LEE

Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2010, 05:14:32 pm »
Re: Uses for expired inner tubes

Cut the valve off then cut a slot all the way around the inner "face" of the tube (from the valve hole right round to the valve hole.

Now, get some TIPPEX and write "Continental GatorSkins" on the sidewall.

Hey Presto, you just saved £20 and have something more substantial that the shop-bought original.

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2010, 05:34:49 pm »
Re: Uses for expired inner tubes

Cut the valve off then cut a slot all the way around the inner "face" of the tube (from the valve hole right round to the valve hole.

Now, get some TIPPEX and write "Continental GatorSkins" on the sidewall.

Hey Presto, you just saved £20 and have something more substantial that the shop-bought original.


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hellymedic

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2010, 05:37:27 pm »
Frustrate burglars!
Keep old inner tubes in and Never Ready lamps in cardboard box in lounge.

When burglars visit, they will rifle through this (to them) worthless junk and march out in despair/disgust.

It worked for me...

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2010, 06:36:49 pm »
I have a whole crate of beyond-repair tubes.  I'm wondering whether I'll find a use for all of them one day...

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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2010, 06:41:16 pm »
The cotton reel was a cable drum.

How big?

This big:


About 2 feet diameter, maybe a bit less.
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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2010, 06:52:03 pm »
I have them in the shed, i used bits every now and then. I also wrapped a big heavy chain with inner tubes.

Old chains i have used as a loop for keys, other then that i just put them in a bag and leave them in the shed. Never know when ill need some.

Old tyres i never know what to do with them, so i just throw them on top of my shed. They can sit on there and do whatever. I just dont want to throw them away, id rather re use the, for something.


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Re: Uses for expired inner tubes
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2010, 07:04:45 pm »
I have a whole crate of beyond-repair tubes.  I'm wondering whether I'll find a use for all of them one day...

Tie them all together good and tight.
Then find a very high up place and tie one end to something very secure and the other end to yourself.

Then...




1..2..3..

Bungeee!!