Today’s QT comes to us from Premium Member Richard M., who offers a few suggestions for what you might do with your old tubes after a puncture. I’ll chime in after Richard to tell you the most common thing I use my old tubes for. And I invite you to share your own uses in the Comments below the Newsletter version of this article. It seems that of all the old bike stuff, tubes have about a million and one uses. —J.M.
Here’s what Richard wrote:
I have given up patching inner tubes. Too many times, when I needed a spare and had a patched tube, I found the patch no longer held.
I have also needed to lend a new tube to companions experiencing similar issues.
I have found that cutting up punctured tubes can make nice rubber bands for storing ear phone and charger cords. Also, living with cats, running cables and power cords through an old inner tube keeps the cats from biting the cords (and also helps prevent cords and cables from becoming a tangled mess).
My Own Favorite Use for Old Tubes:
For years, I’ve been cutting differing lengths of old tubes and storing them in my car, and near my workstand.
They make just about the perfect tie-downs for when I carry bikes on my car’s hitch rack. Anywhere on the bikes that might clang together in transit, I simply grab an appropriate length of tube and tie those pieces together.
The tube tie-downs are also great for keeping wheels from moving, both on the car and in the workstand. There are times while working on your bike that you want the front wheel to be immobile. Simply wrap a section of tube around the rim and tie it off behind the down tube.
The best thing about the tube sections is that the consistency of the butyl rubber holds fast to itself, making a nearly slip-proof knot. But it’s also quite easy to untie when you’re done.
As always, if you’re so moved, keep the conversation going in the Comments section below the Newsletter version of this article.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team