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Hello world! Pure Carbon here with another Instructable, today I will be showing you how to Upcycle an old bicycle tube into a mud flap for your bike. Now you may be wondering what the heck is a mud flap? Well its a small device that sits near the front tire and prevents mud from being flung in front of the rider during muddy conditions. This is great at preventing you from becoming blinded while riding and it makes the ride more enjoyable. The reason why I made this is because I love mountain biking and I recently moved to Durango Colorado which is one of the best cities for mountain biking in the U.S. The trails here at times can get pretty muddy, so to combat this and make it slightly less likely that I will ride off a cliff I made this mud flap. This improvised mud flap that we will be showing you how to build today is basically a small piece of tube that is tied to the front of a bike which will hopefully catch a majority of the mud that is picked up and thrown by the tire.

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Step 1: Materials

To build this you will need the following:

  • An old bike tube (I used one that I had torn a hole in while riding)
  • 4 feet of rope, or 4 zip ties
  • Some tool to cut the rope or zip ties

Step 2: Cut the Tube

After you get all the supplies you will need to take your cutting tool and cut the tube in half.

Step 3: Measure and Cut

Next you will need to measure out the length of your front shock and cut out a section of the tube that is 4" longer then the front shock.

Step 4: Destroy the Tube

Now take your cutting tool and cut inside the tube to create a rectangle piece of rubber as shone.

Step 5: Make Two Cuts

At the top and the bottom of the rubber make two cuts that are 2-3" long depending on the size of your front shock. Now you should have something similar to the picture. You will next need to poke 4 holes in the base of each arm that you just created, this is where the rope/zip tie will be tied.

Step 6: Attaching the Mud Flap and Finishing the Project

For the final step take the arms of the mud flap and wrap them around the top of the bike shock. Then take the rope or zip tie and secure the mud flap using the holes you made in the last step. Finally do the same thing to the bottom of the shock and you will be finished.

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