Tire belts are awesome!
this is a great project to do when you replace bike tires, and the product is absolutely great
I am definitely not the first one to do this project but this is my take and I'm really happy with how it came out.
So here it is. I hope you enjoy
Step 1: Supplies
- a bike tire
- an appropriate size buckle; here is the one i used
- utility knife
Step 2: The Tires
tire selection is important, for my belts i used a very worn Kenda Kross tread, and a brand new tire that i was given ( it did not fit my bike)
old tires work better than new
street tires will work better that trail tires
the width of both tires i used was 1.95 inches or less
Step 3: Remove Tire Side Walls
to cut the tire I punctured through the side wall of the tire with my utility knife, so that I had a slit that a pair scissor fit through, to cut the rest of the side wall off, I repeated this on the other side of the tire so that both side walls were cut off.
I then used the scissors to cut the loop of tire tread into a long strip
Step 4: Trim Tread to Width
here it is important to know what size belt your buckle will work with. The buckles that I bought was designed to fit 1.25 inch piece of webbing.
So that was the width that i cut my tire tread to.
for the kross tread tire this meant I needed to cut the nobby edge of the tread.
when cutting the edge of the tire off I try to I keep the scissors at an angle so that when the belt is done it will sit flatter.
Step 5: Cut to Size
size the belt to you or whoever it is for.
for me this it was comfortable wrap around the waist line of my pants with 2-6 inches of overlap
Step 6: Finish It Off
if you see fit, trim the end of the belt to a rounded point or just round it, attach the belt buckle and you're done.
wear your work proudly