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15 Household Uses for Bike Inner Tubes

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15 Household Uses for Bike Inner Tubes

By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk

If you’re prone to daydreaming about such things, you might see a parallel between conventional bike inner tubes and the incandescent light bulb. Both technologies were cool and innovative in their day, but now they’re about as “with it” as bloodletting is to modern medicine. The problem is that bike tubes and light bulbs are pretty cheap to buy and very cheap to produce, so the juicy profit margin discourages innovation.

Anyway, the next time you’re daydreaming, maybe you can do all cyclists a favor and come up with an affordable puncture-resistant inner tube (and a better light bulb than the CFL while you’re at it). In the meantime, here are some ways to reuse all those old tubes. Tip: Wash all tube materials to remove that slippery coating and general yucky tube residue.

1. Exercise Resistance Bands

Screw some straight lengths or loops of tube to a wall or sheet of plywood, using wood blocks to prevent tearing at the connections. Stretch the tubes every which way for the ultimate low-budget workout.

2. Junkyard Chic Accessories

Headbands, arm bands, belts, wallets, bracelets, you name it. All you need are some tubes, scissors and rubber cement to take your look downtown.

3. Drink Coasters

Cut tube material into any shape you like, as long as the coasters lie flat. Keep a stack on your coffee table or in an end-table drawer, and toss them out for cocktails.

4. Waterproof Clothing

There’s a designer in Holland who has an entire line of couture clothing made with bike inner tubes. It’s proof that you can lace and weave this stuff into everything from skirts to swimwear.

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1:04PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

I love the crazy sprinkler idea, but what would keep the tube flat on the ground? I picture the force of the water making it flop all over the yard. It's a lot of fun until someone loses an eye.

12:57PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Jon, I love the wood clamp idea.

11:39AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Sounds like the ancient days when people tried to find a use for everything.

11:01AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Cool ideas!

1:22AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Very creative. Will be using the rubber band idea.

11:08AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

Thanks. I didn't remember that bikes had inner tubes.

5:23AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Thank you!

5:22AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Thank you!

2:00AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Some good ideas Thanks

11:03AM PDT on Jul 1, 2011


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