Introduction: Bicycle Parts Belt

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This is from Napalmandroses' bike parts belt idea in the bikepirates thread here.

Step 1: Acquire a Used Bike Tire and Trim Off the Bead & Sidewall - I Have a Bontrager 700x25 Here.

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Step 2:

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I didn't have two matching cogs, but a section of a larger cog will do for a second ring. I cut it into sections with a Dremel cut-off tool as in the bottle opener directions.

Step 3:

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Thread the tire end through the two "rings" and make holes to put the master link pins through. I used a c-connector single speed link to fit the thickness of the doubled-up tire.

Step 4:

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Try on and trim the end to length. The belt hooks up much like a D-ring belt. Alternate pictures two and three show another partial chainring instead of a small cog, trimmed, with two teeth removed on the top piece.


MADFOX (author)2006-06-14

anyone know if it's possible to flatten out the tire rubber?

SIRJAMES09 (author)MADFOX2011-07-25

only if you have a REALLY HOT oven & a 120,000 ton press.

MADFOX (author)SIRJAMES092011-07-25

Hmm, Well, I'll have to work on that ;)

kimithy (author)MADFOX2010-09-10

It's tough, but manipulating it (folding, rolling opposite direction, etc), then putting some weight on it may help. I tried this with two different tires actually, and the wider, stiffer tire ended up lying flatter in the end.

berky93 (author)MADFOX2009-09-23

try stretching it flat and then putting a weight on it. after wearing it for a long time it should naturally stretch and flatten

nail face (author)MADFOX2009-09-21

you could use a heat gun and plyers maybe

kimithy (author)2010-09-10

I ended up using your design instead of Napalmandroses', just tweaked a bit - if you don't have the tools to cut a gear, just use a smaller gear for the second ring. Worked great for mine! Took just a few minutes: cut the tire, fold it over your two rings, rivet in place, round off the other end. Done! :)

double ott (author)2008-08-15

I have an old rusty bike lying around, and want to do this, but how do I get the gears off?

Chico (author)double ott2009-01-22

You're going to need special tools. Which will be cost a few $$$ but will serve you well for many years. You could go to a bike shop and they could remove the gears for a couple dollars or maybe they could give you some worn ones kicking around. I found this video describing the process.

Carmelite (author)Chico2009-09-24

You could try taking it to the local bike repair shop :-/ That would be fun to explain...

jimbo333 (author)2009-09-20

a cog and cog spacer is less work and looks good too, instead of the second fragment of another cog.

MechEngineerMike (author)2009-06-18

this project looks awsome. I copied you and remade an already existing belt and added a sprocket from a "farm and home supply" Because i couldnt find a bike i wanted to ruin. Altogether the belt (from goodwill) and the Black sprocket were like $8. People comment when they notice. I noticed that this belt can double as a medieval mace when the need arises. ANd that when you bend over you can get poked!

3366carlos (author)2009-05-30

you da man!

paper crane army (author)2006-07-12

how did you get the tire so flat?

When you cut the sidewall off, step 1, you can lay the tread flat.

JerryMopar (author)cycling2472008-05-25

Yep, without the rigidity of the bead she will lay totally flat once the beads are removed!!

JerryMopar (author)2008-05-25

I just did this instructable, but I useed a MTB tre. I would not recomend it (using the mountain tire), you willBbREAK OUT IN A SWEAT putting it ON. The knobs make it WAY to grippy. On the bright side of things, it is REALLY comfortable, has a little bit of stretch to cope with the positions of sitting, standing and, of course, bicycling. Although, next time I will use a ROAD TIRE!

Rishnai (author)2008-03-24

I must create a sprocket belt buckle to add to my collection. That is cool!

berky93 (author)2007-03-29

very nice but I still like my ductape belt - maybe this will be next when that breaks

theStackasaurus (author)2007-03-14

that's sexy : ) I should make one

MortifiedPenguin (author)2007-01-13

if i could figure out how to add it to my favorites, i would. :)

Illidan (author)2006-09-29

very cool - i'm going to attempt some of the other bike related stuff so i could make this out of spare parts

naught101 (author)2006-08-14

you could use an old rusty cog with the <a href="">electrolytic rust removal instructable</a> to ge a cool pitted look.

parasymboligist (author)2006-06-24

very fucking thrifty! i like!

cokebottle tuque (author)2006-03-05

thats awsome i may have to make one

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