I bought a cheapo fixie bike from Walmart back in March. After riding through summer time traffic in Ocean City, MD a couple of times I decided my handlebars were too wide... so I cut them to the width of my shoulders. Since I'm too lazy and cheap to go buy some new grips I thought I would just make them out of an inner tube I had blown a few weeks back.

-This Instructable will show you how to make grips for a bike using trash and supplies from around the house.

Step 1: Supplies

You are going to need:

-An old inner tube
-Electrical Tape
Why not use tube repair rubber cement instead of the electrical tape? It'll look even better (seamless) and won't get all gooey like elec tape does after a while.
this is cool, but unfortunately the electrical tape will eventually loose contact and be loose, i would recommend to slip on the grips a rubber shrink tube and heat it up so it will shrink to fit.. you can get the shrink tube at radio shack or any electrical supply outlets..
I have used electrical tape and Gorilla tape for make-do bar tape before. They stink. The glue gets hot and runs, then it's all a sticky mess. Try cutting the rubber tube into a 1" wide tape. You can start at one end of a mtn bike bar, insert the bar ends or cut-down wine cork, then wrap all the way to the other end, and cork it off.
I have used bar-tape made from inner tubes on a road bike drop bar. It has a LOT of grip, even when wet, and feels like leather tape. Pro-tip: Use spray adhesive and bar-end caps. I like it way better than the $20 store-bought cork tapes and will never go back.
yea.. <br>make slippery handles for you bike :-)
Its not bad, its kinda like a tennis racket grip, and its better then bare metal. <br>-Ronnie
Hey Ronnie,<br> <br> A nice clear Instrauctable but may I suggest that you do yourself a favour by covering &nbsp;the open ends of your bars with either some bar end plugs or simply by taping a penny/cent over each end ( before step one).<br> <br> Landing on an unplugged bar can do some serious damage ( I did it).<br> <br> Happy Riding.<br> <br> PS<br> It will also keep the spiders out.
I thought about the bars ends but didn't feel like driving to get some, I live about 30 minutes from civilization and was being lazy. The penny is a good idea and I will probably do that now. <br> <br>I also fell yesterday (11.11.12) because when I replaced my bars I apparently didn't tighten the stem all the way and when I went to stop on my fixie the front wheel turned and I'm fairly bloody now- YOLO! I also need to rewrap the right grip because its a little scraped up.
And Thanks BTW. <br>-Ronnie

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