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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:11 pm 
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All those old tires in our garage, what to do with them?

The finish on my Heckler was anodized, so it didnt chip, it didnt scratch very easy, basically the only way it scratched is if it gets gouged strong enough to also gouge into the metal. It was prone to rubbing off, not that easily, but there were defined wear marks where the heel of my shoe would rub on the chainstay. Over the years (since April 2006) I had worn the anodization off asmall part of the chain stay, so it was a pretty strong finish.

The finish on my new Nomad however is a clear paint, not sure if its even powder coat, but nonetheless, its not nearly as tough as the anodization on the Heckler. On my second ride I scratched the underside of the downtube pretty good, on the third ride on the new bike, the front tire threw some rocks, pebbles, dirt chunks against the downtube which chipped it.
Those of you that know me, know that Im no primadonna when it comes to my bike, but the sound of the the downtube being struck by rocks and seeing the effect it had on it in such short order was a little disheartening.

But hot diggity, I just happened to be in my garage looking at all the extra tires we have hanging from the rafter, and it hit me, find the most worn out one your not likely going to use again, cut to fit and glue it to your downtube.

Its cheesy but it works...for me.
Its pretty easy to do, doesnt take too much time either.


Tools:
Scissors strong enough to cut an old tire, if its wire bead some snips will be needed to cut through the wire.

Materials:
Old tire, or new if thats your thing.
Glue, I used 3m Spray Adhesive Formula 77.


Steps:
Measure how much downtube you want to cover with your tire.
Cut tire about an inch longer than your measurement.
Hold your piece of tire up to downtube to determine how much "wrap" you want.
Trim to desired width (wrap) and hold up again to make sure alls good.
Trim bottom and top of your cut piece of tire to mate with your bottom bracket shell and headtube interfaces cleanly.
On a drop cloth or newspapers, lay the piece of tire out with the tread pattern facing down and spray a good coat of adhesive onto the inner side of your cut piece of tire.
Let the adhesive setup for a little bit, I think I waited 3-5 minutes, otherwise it will be too wet to keep the piece of tire from sliding around getting glue where you dont want it.
Apply your piece of tire onto your downtube and press into place.
Let it dry for 30 minutes to an hour (depends on your adhesive).
If you have glue where you dont want it, denatured alcohol or rubbing alcohol and a clean rag will clean it off easily.

It only takes 10 minutes or so to do this and if you dont like it then its easy enough to undo and cleanup.





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I did this a couple weeks ago and I dont see any area of the old tire peeling off or moving.

I hope you enjoyed this lame tutorial on a simple way to recycle a used bicycle tire.


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Nicely done . . . .

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Great idea. Now I know what to do with a useless Small Block 8. I have leather glued onto my chainstay with that 3M 77, but I think the same thing could be done with a piece of tire if it's flexible enough. So much nicer than old inner tubes and electrical tape.


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And duck tape and zip ties are not involved? Shenanigans, I say.

This is one of those "Duh!?!?" moments for me. I was lamenting the fact my frame is so old, there are no protectors. Plenty of old tires hanging in the rafters however...


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Well done, that's a great idea.


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Nice!
Ya, got a lot of old tires around my house awaiting re-CYCLING!
Anyone want them?

Seen a few "re-purposed" products like belts and chainstay protectors.
There's also a place that grinds them up to make new grips.

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Nice work RHS!

My favorite belt:
http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/recycled-bike-tread-belts

And what about tubes? I have old holey tubes all over the place. It turns out they make great woodworking clamps. Here they are helping me glue the back plate onto a guitar. Cut them lengthwise into two long strips and tie them end to end to add even clamping pressure all around:
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OhNooo wrote:
Nice work RHS!


And what about tubes?


People still use tubes?


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lol holy shit


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great idea!


...anybody got any old carbon tires hangin' around?

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OhNooo wrote:
Nice work RHS!

My favorite belt:
http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/recycled-bike-tread-belts

And what about tubes? I have old holey tubes all over the place. It turns out they make great woodworking clamps. Here they are helping me glue the back plate onto a guitar. Cut them lengthwise into two long strips and tie them end to end to add even clamping pressure all around:
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You make guitars?

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Official recycler of tires and tubes for Sea Otter, but $79.99? Are you outta your mind? Wish they had a trade in for discount. Maybe a DT group buy?


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Kimba wrote:
You make guitars?

Only a couple so far... with a couple more in progress. I don't want to derail RHS's thread further, so here's a link to a few pictures of that guitar when it was completed for those who are curious. PM me if interested.
http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=62490

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