10 Bicycle Inner Tube Hacks

10 Bicycle Inner Tube Hacks


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inner tubes around for emergencies or older bikes. If you have a bike shop, then you definitely
have a pile of tubes on hand. Today, we’ll be putting these tubes to use. Here are 10 inner tube hacks that you can
use on bikes, around the house, and on the trail. Let’s get started. You’ve probably seen someone using an inner
tube to protect their chainstay, but it can look kind of—like an inner tube. Instead, cut the tube along the seam and open
it up. Wrap it around your chainstay while stretching
it on each pass. Secure it with electrical tape and you’ll
have a streamlined and functional chainstay protector. Garbage bags have a tendency to fall in as
you fill them with trash, so most people tie them like this. Instead, use an inner tube. You can use a tube by itself, or cut one thinner
to use it like a big rubber band. Since tubes come in different sizes, there’s
always one that will fit your garbage can, and the bag will be unaffected until you tie
it up and throw out. The rubber from an old inner tube can be used
for gripping things without scratching them. Since you can cut a piece in whatever size
or shape you want, it’s easy to create the perfect buffer between a tool and a pretty
bike part. I keep various pieces of inner tube around
just for this purpose. These plastic caps protect the ends of your
cranks, and—you guessed it, there’s a way to hack them out of inner tubes. Take off your pedal and place a piece of tube
over your crank. Now slide a section of tube over it. Cut out a hole and reinstall your pedal. It actually doesn’t even look that bad,
and rubber is great for deflecting debris on the trails. You can make a rim strip out of an inner tube. Just cut it along a seam long ways, and cut
it again at the width of your rim. If you’re precise enough you can even use
it as a tubeless rim strip. The best part is that you’ll have a valve
too! The differences between a legit tubeless stem
and one cut from an inner tube are pretty minor when you consider the disparity in cost. I’ve run stems cut from inner tubes with
no trouble at all. You can make a wall mounted bike stand from
a piece of inner tube, and I’m going to show you how. Just measure out a piece of tube around your
bar and brake lever. Make a loop and put a hole through the end. This part isn’t as easy as you would think. Now we’ll mount it to the wall. I’m using a drywall anchor since there’s
no beam here. A washer will help keep the tube in place. Since the tube squeezes your brake lever,
it keeps your rear wheel from rolling, holding the whole bike in place. I got this from one of my subscribers. If you don’t like riding with a saddle pouch
or backpack, you can keep a spare tube on your hub. Just wrap it around and secure it with tape
or a zip tie. Since the weight is on your hub at the center,
it won’t have much of an effect on your bike’s performance, and the tube will always
be with you when you need it. Let’s say you’re riding street with nothing
but the clothes on your back, and your tire goes flat. Just go to a gas station that has air, find
the hole in your tube, and stick a piece of chewing gum over it. As long as it’s not a massive tear, the
gum will seal it against the tire. The best part is that you can make this repair
without any tools as you don’t need to fully remove the wheel. This trick has been around for ages, and it
can still get you out of a sticky situation. If your shop dog keeps running loose, you
can keep them at bay with an inner tube harness. Just cut the stem out of a tube and fasten
the ends with zip ties. Put your pups front legs inside of it and
pull it up around their back. This is the same design as Drama’s normal
harness, and if he runs to the end of his tether it’ll provide some cushion. Just look at how much he loves it. Remember when dropper posts had boots on them? Go old school with a custom made dropper boot. Just remove your saddle and stretch a segment
of tube over the seat clamp. Now secure it at the bottom of your dropper
post. Reinstall the saddle, and check this out. It works well and really does protect the
post. Best of all, it’s really funny. I also got this trick from one of my subscribers. So there you go, 10 hacks to put those old
inner tubes to good use. If you found any of these useful or just entertaining,
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  1. Hey guys, Brian and Alexander are on their way through the South right now, posting videos as they go. They're making their way here, so head over to "BKXC" and "The Singletrack Sampler" to follow the journey! I miss those guys!

  2. A cheap trunk rack can rattle loudly and scratch your paint. Pieces of tube can be wrapped around the hooks to make a buffer

  3. Don’t hang your bike from a god damned drywall anchor. It’s made to hold a picture frame, not a bike.

  4. I was doing rly fast trails in uk and my tube got a huge split in it so I found a old tube over a tree which also had a split in it so I cut a few inches of and put it over my tube then I put some tape and rubber cement on it and it worked fine

  5. hi seth! can you make a video on how to patch a inner tube using a cut out peace of a old inner tube and maybe some of that slime brand rubber cement stuff that comes in a can at gas stations and hardware stores i've been told it works but am yet to try thanks one of your fans felix

  6. i know this is a stupid hack, but cut an old inner tube to size take off your front wheel and put the inner tube over the suspension fork so it will provide protection against the dirt and mud

  7. Hi Seth, my 700c inner tube always tears near valve. How can I prevent that from happening?. I almost had 3 inner tubes changed. Do I need to change rim maybe?. Thanks

  8. Yeah I know I’m a little late haha but would you be able to do the same with you forks like you did the dropper post

  9. Does chewing gum, 04:11, really work? Coz that would really be great. One can have a very unlucky day and have multiple flats.

  10. you can make a sling out of a inner tube by folding it in half and putting it around your back of your neck then put your arm through the piece on your chest

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