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
for around the house. Do remember to subscribe to
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About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. I use old inner tubes to hold the front wheel steady when it is on a rear rack. Wrap the tube through your front wheel and tie it to the down tube.

  2. I seem to remember Si had wrapped some old tubes either around the jaws of the work stand, or around the seat post when it was in the work stand to protect the seat post.

  3. Perfect for tying bars together on the bike rack, or preventing wheel spin and collidey cranks. Cut a length to suit, wrap under tension around both bars where they meet, knot, presto. I used to be paranoid about them loosening and knotted several times, but no need: granny knot, pull tight, ain't going anywhere. Multiple knots ain't going anywhere for a frustratingly long time when your journey ends, so don't. Fully disposable or reusable as you see fit.

  4. I cut out a piece of tube lay it flat in my rack bag put the tools on top it stops the tools punching a hole through your bag and protects the tools from vibration.

  5. Chickens.
    I know of an lbs which saves old inner tubes for an old woman who keeps chickens. The word is, rubbery perches makes for happy chickens.

  6. Great tips there 👍 I use old inner tubes to 'sleeve' my CO2 capsules; this stops them rattling and clinking around in my saddlebag. A bonus is they're also a lot less cold to handle when deployed.

  7. would you put on an lightweight bike like a scott addict, one pice aerobars like those from canyon? or is it a no go?
    ps. i just took does brands that you can imagine how i mean it.

  8. For non cycling I used mine when moving house. When I had my bookcase on a trolley and was afraid the bookcase would fall off the trolley I simply placed an inner tube over and around the bookcase and the trolley. Worked a treat!

  9. Hey GCN and community! Could someone tell me the name of the song that is getting played in the background from 2:13 on please? Thank you! 😀

  10. I cut a length of tube and slide my multi-tool inside, to keep it from puncturing my spare tube as it travels in my seatbag.

  11. made a cover out of old mtb inner tube for my MultiTool in my saddelbag
    so it wont puncture the new innertubes in the saddelbag

  12. I take out the valve stems from old tubes and keep them in case I break a valve stem in a good tube. It's happened twice in the last couple of years.

  13. If you also have an old chain, feed it through your saddle rails and seat stays and make a loop. Break it at that length, and cut an old inner tube so that it's ~2-3 cm longer. Feed the chain through the tube, then get the chain-in-tube assembly around your seat stays and saddle rails as you did previously with the chain. Reconnect the chain, and feed one end of the tube into the other. This will reduce the chance that your saddle or seatpost will be stolen while still looking reasonably neat (if you're OK with old tubes on your bike).

  14. They make great dog leads for on the bike. loop one end and tie to make a handle and knot a cheap carabiner etc the other end and you have a great way to control your dog that won't yank you off your bike everytime they stop to snif something.

  15. I use an old tube (round the handlebars or stem or forks) to keep the rear derailleur inboard when packing my bike into its bike box for travel.

  16. I cut a short length or narrow tube to fit over the glue tube out of the puncture repair kit to protect it from being punctured

  17. I have a section of mountain bike tubing at my desk, about 5"-10". When I need an elastic
    band I simply cut off the length.
    I also , as shaner said, use this to insulate my CO2
    Used as replacement heel caps on my cycling shoe
    Handle guards on many of my home tools to increase my gripping surface, especially when damp.
    I've drawn them tightly across my roof rack and tucked my fly rod under to drive from spot to spot. ( and I have some damn ass expensive rods!)
    Use them as Bungie cords by adding either simple hooks or Carabiners to the ends.
    There are so many uses for all things re-purposed. Sit and think before tossing more things into the landfill.

  18. Cut a piece of tube, 5cm long or so, and slip it onto one of the fork legs. High up enough so it's snug and secure. Then place your lap timer pod inside on the outside of the fork. Voila, no more need for zip ties and makes swopping the pod between bikes easy as A B C.

  19. As a handbrake. Cut the mtb tube to make elastic band 1 cm large ant pull it over the brake to tighten it while the bike stand leaned on something (i.e. wall) on the downgrade.

  20. I sometimes use a piece of tube to fix pump to frame of my bike. Simply wrap around tightly and fix end under previous wrap.

  21. I cut thin long elastic bands out of them. Unlike the normal natural rubber versions you get from stationary shops they don’t perish in the sun so you can use them for keeping saddle bags, tool rolls and other bike luggage tidy.

  22. Done #1 a fair number of times.  Works great.  Use #2 on all kinds of straps – backpacks, duffle bag shoulder straps, etc.  Works very well.  The rest were new to me.  Might have to try the resistance band trick – double up for heavier workout!

  23. I cut up an old road inner tube to make sleeves for my CO2 cartridges. It keeps them from rattling when you go over bumps and also insulates your hands a bit when you are using them!

  24. For a cadence sensor magnet… No more zip ties.
    1.cut a tube ring 2-3cm wide.
    2.remove pedal
    4. Insert tube ring in crank arm
    5. Insert magnet underneath the tube band
    6. Install pedal

  25. Really refreshing to see a GCN video that does the opposite of always encouraging consuming more (apart from the obvious product placements of course)!

  26. I use a length of latex inner tube to compress vest or jacket- also makes it 'sticky' so less likely to come out of jersey pocket.
    No knots, just tuck ends in.

  27. I cut mine into small sections and put £1 coins in them and put them into my back pockets just in case of an emergency

  28. You can use it to help hold the bottles, if using cheaper cages that are open on the sides, this will avoid them flying away, just place it wrapping the cage, from between the screws. works very nice

  29. I actually used mine as a minimalist wallet for my card I cut the inner tube about three quarters covering my cards and it is great I have been using it for 3 years now and it works great and you can fold your cash in half and half again and slot it in as well

  30. I use it a lot in many ways. Mostly I cut the tube open first, clean the talcum and than cut it in straps. Sized according the usage. For example your demonstration, wraping it around the bicycle-Frame. I would use there for only 2-3 cm width straps, easy to fix later without tape. In this way you can connect wood-sticks with, metal-pipes, bamboo or or or … but it is no need to use tape to fix it. Simple wrap the last round, around your forefinger pull it with force up and insert the end of the rubberstrap underneath. Let go the up-pulled last round. That's it so far. In this way you can fix crossed poles, pipes, branches (building a tarp, tent or …) what ever. If the fixation has to be removed later you can fold the last peace of the strap, before you insert into the last wrap. So it looks out on the the side you inserted from. And you can open like you open your shoeslaces. It is brilliant (much much better than with tape) when you there is something wet to be fixed. For example to fix holes in a hose. I do a lot outdoor activities and have nearly always some straps as a repair-kid in my (back(what ever))-pack. If it becomes to heavy, e.g. before a uphill-stage I trough it in a public-trash-bin, and as soon I come along a bicycle shop I ask to pick some out of the bin there. The are mostly happy to get read of it.
    Under sunny (UV) conditions, the rubber get's porous. Doesn't matter it was already trash. But be careful with building something (e.g. soles) how is in contact with the skin (for longer periods) but the rubber content probably unhealthy ingrediens.
    I am not a native english-writer, so if something is unclear, don't hesitate to ask.

    so I wish you a lot of elastic ideas

  31. … and one sentence more. Junctions made with a bit experience and skills, using this inner-tube-rubber-straps, are for some usage, even better as the professional planed solutions. Robust but also elastic. e.g. connecting two hoses by inserting a smaller tube inside and wrape inner-tube-rubber-straps around. Also waterproofed. Check it out.

  32. Literally thinkin bout using it as a resistance band when number seven just pops up like five seconds later

  33. Wash your tube with isopropyl, roll it up tight. Use fishing line or anything high strength to tie it up. Chew it, cheapo jawsersize jaw workout equipment. Increase tubes as your face gets bigger. Search jawsersize to get the idea.

  34. I use it as an inner sleeve between tube and rim on the wheel. It can also be used for wrapping handles of hand tools eg hatchet, guillotine…

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