Introduction: Bicycle Tire Dome

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We took a bunch of bike wheels and zip-tied them together into a dome

Most bicycle shops, we found, throw away old and broken wheels. They still work fine for this project! You could buy them for a decent discount, though, if the shop keeps them.

After you have a good number (we used about 40), it's pretty simple. Just stand them up and use zip-ties or wire to attach them.

We had 12 26" wheels for the bottom layer and 12 24" wheels for the second. The size difference gave us an inward tilt. 8 24" ones for the third row, with 2 wheels for every 3 of the second row. The top was 1 24" wheel connected to 3 rims without spokes. The rims overlapped with the third row.

Thanks to Stevie's Happy Bikes, our local bike store that gave us all the wheels!


karg made it! (author)2016-11-04

I build it with some kids on an adventure playground in berlin - it was fun!

PhilippeG1 (author)2015-08-07

pas d'entrée!? No entry!?

rraio (author)2012-11-27

I bet you could build a custom green house using this idea.

PiperBB (author)rraio2015-01-21

That's just what I was thinking!

786Ayesha (author)2012-07-07

What is the height of this ?I mean in the middle?

About 4 and a half feet

We are thinking of building one of these on a school playground in the garden area and wondering what the diameter (ground coverage or space needed) of the structure measures out to be?

The diameter of the base is a little under 9 feet. If you do build one, I would love to see a picture!

milesnorth (author)2014-10-21

This is a cool project. I love the use of tires for it. Good job.

C60 (author)2012-12-29

man i love that , very good use of recycled materials :)

icanzu (author)2012-08-14

Is your name code for something? ;-)

build52 (author)2012-08-10

That would be awesome to grow pole beans on it!!

astaib1 (author)2012-07-10

i need to make a jumbo version of this, then turn it into a zombie proof bunker

l8nite (author)2012-07-06

really great idea.... I see another "art" project to tick off the code enforcement idiot in my future

Aron313 (author)2012-07-06

haha looks like a waste to me. that probably because i bike a lot

calskin (author)2012-07-05

Cover this with plastic, add some you got a stew!...erm greenhouse.

lucek (author)calskin2012-07-06

I was thinking yurt.

supersoftdrink (author)2012-07-05

I love this! How strong is it? Would it ever get destroyed or bent out of shape in heavy winds?

It holds up to winds well, but I don't think it could hold much weight if you were to, say, climb on it.

flyingpuppy (author)2012-07-04

Hm. You've just provided me with the structure for my pizza oven. I've decided that dried algae is non-combustible, so I think I'll make a dome like yours, cover it with wire mesh, then pour algae all over it to make a heat-resistant oven! Thanks! Brilliant work.

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