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Our throw away society has begun to irritate me. Therefore, I have become a COB (Cheap Old Bastard). I grew up in an era when you made do; you didn't throw it away or buy a new one, just because one bit broke. So, welcome to the Tommi Potx COB Recycling School.
I carry a bit of inner tube, paracord, duct tape, zap straps and a multitool whenever I venture into the wilds. I am almost invincible with these items.
With these, you are a repair god.
 
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Step 1: Strap Retainers

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I know this is a little OCD, but I hate it when my pack is all rigged up, and there are all these spare bits of strappage hanging around all over the place. This is especially true of more recent packs / load bearing vests. I use slices of bike inner tube about half inch wide, and wrap them around the offending strap after I roll it tightly to the pack. They are also handy for use elsewhere, as they are already on your pack.(Note paracord zipper pull in background)

Step 2: Laptop key

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Yes, a lap top key. About a year ago, the /? key went AWOL on my laptop. I took a small rectangle of bike inner tube, and wedged one end under the .> key and the other under the shift key. This keeps the all-important little rubber thingy in place. (Without the little rubber thingy, you're hooped...unless theres a 'little rubber thingy' Instructable out there.) A small piece of white surgical tape can then be stuck to the rubber key, and the / and ? can be drawn on. Beware, this is temporary, and may require adjustment from time to time.
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Turban Masher4 months ago

I made some nice home made mag-pulls

3366carlos6 months ago

hua hua! c130 rolling down the strip, airborne dady is gonna take a little trip.

Oh. Another good use is wrapping wheelbarrow handles.
When traveling with batteries, either 2 or 4 of them, i hold them together with rubber bands, but inner tubes are tougher. Thanks.
This is useful:
I always align the rubber-banded poles when the batteries are fresh (or rechargeables are charged), and alternate the poles of the batteries in the rubber bands when the batteries need to be recycled or recharged. This keeps me from making stupid mistakes with flashlights and cameras.
ngadhno1 year ago
I've used inner tube to wrap the stabilizer bar bushings of my car that were far away loose. It works great. Did this about 3 years ago and yet no need to replace the bushings.u
Mihsin1 year ago
One more: Treats leaks in water lines or irrigation pipes. lol
jschap12 years ago
I've been trying to figure out what to do with my old bicycle tube for months. Has anyone seen anything in-depth about bicycle-tube powered launchers?
jack0022 years ago
The small maglite, I put some road bike inner tube on it so I can hold it in my teeth without feeling the metal and slipping. A 700x20 tube fits it perfectly.
I like to save sandwich bags to keep my batteries in. It keeps them from contacting things in my tool pouch, and keeps them dry. Just save sandwich bags that weren't too greasy, and rinse and dry them, can even put the rubber band on the outside of the bag after sealing them.
The hillbilly creed " use it up , wear it out , make do or do without " !!

I was born and raised in the Great Smoky Mts of East Tennessee and I garuantee that when I am done with something , Its DONE !!
Agentfern3 years ago
One of your keyboard keys went AWOL? Have you read "Unwind"?
Where does that term come from?
Absent With Out Leave
batonas2 years ago
I used old bicycle tubes to reduce my washing machine vibrations, works like a charm.
Another... I ride my (motor)bike all year round, some parts don't respond well to the wet/salt (our roads are gritted with rocksalt) so whenever possible I bind these with inner tube , good on upper fork tubes cut spirally/hellically to about40mm wide, and for other chrome stuff, good for cable ties too
I have done similar to this on my bicycle computer, but used zip ties instead. Inner tubing is agree great to recycle, I have also use it along with what you have listed to keep my shed door open when it's windy and I'm getting my bike out, I'll just wedge it under the door and the door stays.

I have also wrapped some around my shower head to replace a broken washer and then keep it in place. (best thing about that one is that you have extra grip when you have wet hands)

And finally the price for handle bar wraps is ridiculous, instead I have wrapped inner tube around to give grip on the bar.
i did this as a machete grip a while ago it worked great
zebutron3 years ago
I made a water proofish wallet out of old bike tube. Maybe not totally waterproof but no more sweaty soggy money.
ken261013 years ago
I used an old inner tube once to fix a leaking faucet. I was pulling my windo a/c out of the kitchen window for the winter and accidently dropped it down on our faucet causing it to crack just about where it came up from the base. i wrapped a section of the hose around the faucted and used a couple of metal screw clamps and never saw another drop of water leak out. Sadly, I have to admit that my faucet is still like that and its been that way for several years.
jploss3 years ago
This is clearly an excellent idea -- but it gets even better!

Inner tube is an excellent tinder: you can start a fire with it literally 10 seconds after pulling it out of a puddle: shake, shred (increase surface area for ease of lighting) and spark!

To prepare a high-friction fire starting kit for all occasions, slide a Bic inside a length of tube, fold some excess tube over the top of the lighter and then lock it down with an innertube band (all this to waterproof the flint and striker).

Ain't it great when you find out a good idea is even better than you thought?
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I like this idea. Its a standing joke in my house that my zippo spends more time on the floor than in my hands
frogmeetcog4 years ago
Kudos to you, fellow COB. As my bicycle frame does not mate flush with my new fork, I put 1" sections of tube around the partially exposed headset bearings to seal them from dirt/mud/offal. When traveling with batteries, I stretch a thick piece of MTB tube around the ENDS to protect the poles from shorting on other metal stuff. My spare spokes are strapped to my frame with tube strips, as is the extra waterbottle cage. The uses while camping probably number at least 300 out of the 1000.... I have a loop of tube strip tied around my two seatstays, so I can buckle my helmet through there, and have it sitting snugly atop my saddle while the bike is on a busrack, rattle free. Oh yeah, when my cycling shoes got a hole in the toe, I sewed a square of tube on for a patch!
hughscott54 years ago
If you fill a one foot length of bike tube with sand it can be used as a weapon. It's sometimes called a "Concussion Maker". You can guess what happens to you if you get hit in the head with it. I used some left over string to sew the ends shut but I'm sure a knot on each end would do fine.
kiwing4 years ago
made a draught stop for my brother's front door out of a length of bike tube filled with sand. knotted both ends and used the rest of the tube cut into rings to attach to a straightened wire coat hanger nailed across the bottom of the door. the ends can be rolled back to cover the knots and the end of the wire
bdblock944 years ago
wheres the sling shot?
sonicx0594 years ago
manly.
seanrdz5 years ago
i have fingers on my hands, will they act as a holder instead??
When your biking without any place to put your items what do you do? I like this for it allows you to create a hold that will help organization. Among other things.
mysss4 years ago
 When you store batteries, you should always put like poles together, to minimize discharge between the poles of the batteries themselves. It's just a better practice, and I'm sure it has some effect, if not a huge one.
mysss4 years ago
It's for storage of the inner tube pieces themselves for when you need them. 
BRILLIANT USAGE OF INNERTUBES Many of you seem to not realise what this Dude is About....... HE WANTS TO SAVE MONEY, re use, what he has, if everyone was the same this planet would be a whole lot less screwed up! I applaud this Guy!
but if no-one threw anything away then it'd just build up on YOUR land
 UM.... It would only build up on your land if YOU didn't throw anything away....right?  If nobody else threw anything away then how would it get to your land?
He wasn't implying "don't through ANYTHING away", but "reuse, reduce, recycle." The Instructables robot will now hunt you down.
is there somthing wrong with using a rubberband? it seems to me that in most of these situations, a rubberband may be a little bit easier...
 There is nothing WRONG with a rubber band.  However there is something RIGHT about turning one garbage inner-tube into 200 rubberbands.
bike innertubes are stronger than normal rubberbands.
Jur4 years ago
Excellent Instructable!
I suffer from the same OCD about those loose straps on by backpack and have for a very long time tried to come up with a solution, and this is by far the best one yet. The carabiner anti-slide solution is also totally awesome. I've also used bicycle tubing to suspend my external hard drive under a table (_much_ less noise). From now on I will always carry some extra bicycle tubing wherever I go.
Great work!
seanrdz5 years ago
erm. not being funny, but what's this supposed to do? is it just a disguise to fool people into thinking its an inner tube?
I think it's intended as a holder, but, I don't know.
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