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Re: Anysize elastic band made from inner tube

Posted: 31 Jul 2020, 4:31pm
by hoogerbooger
Not strictly used as a band, but of the million uses of dead inner tubes I recommend their use in packing bikes in bike bags with both wheels off:

Position semi deflated tyres so they coincide with frame or fork and then secure in place with figure of 8 type knots using inner tube so that a section of tube is separating. When the bag is squeezed by other luggage on plane, bus etc, it provides a bit of helpful give and scratch protection.

Oh yes, use pipe lagging on the frame tubes as well

Re: Anysize elastic band made from inner tube

Posted: 31 Jul 2020, 5:06pm
by mjr
DevonDamo wrote:I've heard reports of them breaking, but I'm assuming that's a cheapo tube being used, as I've never had any problems.

Nope. Continental, Schwalbe and Vavert branded tubes. They really do split far more easily than real rubber bands.

Re: Anysize elastic band made from inner tube

Posted: 31 Jul 2020, 7:51pm
by landsurfer
I've been using cut up inner tubes as lacky bands for over 40 years ..... motorcycle inner tubes ..not cycle ones .... they fail ....

Re: Anysize elastic band made from inner tube

Posted: 31 Jul 2020, 9:33pm
by DevonDamo
mjr wrote:
DevonDamo wrote:Nope. Continental, Schwalbe and Vavert branded tubes. They really do split far more easily than real rubber bands.

The breaking strain is directly proportionate to the width. So you cut them as wide as you need. After that, you simply sit back and watch any ill-advised fellow divers lose their expensive and/or safety-critical kit when their rubber bands become fatally brittle over weeks rather than decades.