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DIY bike whitewalls with PVC tape

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Hi there!
Did you know, that the PVC duct tape is ideal material for whitewalls for custom bike?
Whitewall tyres costs more than regular ones on Ebay, or local bike shop, and sometimes it is really hard to find them cheap.
If you want to customize your beach cruiser, you may heve it done for a few bucks (sorry for my english)

 
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Step 2: The PVC tape

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In your local store or building supermarket, buy a PVC tape. It is cheap and durable, have a good glue already

Step 4: Heat it better

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Use the heat and thumb to glue it to the tire. Be careful - do not burn your thumb.
Heat the tape carefully, it will activise the glue and the tape become soft like cream
For better effect you can use some kind of roller to press the tape better

Step 5: Complete one side - three to go!

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This is only one side. Proceed this instructable for the other side and for a front wheel.

Step 6: Complete it and go for a ride

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Well... I have been making it for an hour or so.
But it looks great

If you make it done carefully, the PVC tape will begin to come off after a three months of everyday cruisin'. (even in rainy weather)
csillet3 months ago
hi great instuctable do you mind me asking what type of pike that is you own
1fcuking2 years ago
great job, going to add to my custom flyer
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all done, looks great dont you think
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Vranov (author)  1fcuking2 years ago
Wow! Is this Basmann?! ^_^
I love this style
Do you have Skype, or ICQ?
1fcuking Vranov2 years ago
not a basmann , my friend makes them, there eletric too
so makes life easy
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Vranov (author)  1fcuking2 years ago
Nice bike))) Is there a spade-seat? :)
Really! good work. I've got some questions like: top speed, weihgt, capacity)
1fcuking Vranov2 years ago
yes spade seat, top speed 15mph, 10 mile range on one 4hour charge,
50kg in weight, great fun
Vranov (author)  1fcuking2 years ago
I had a Schwinn Stingray with an electric motor))
http://epowerbikes.ru/archives/1458
It had an 1.2 Hp motor, top speed 29 mph and 22 mile range
50 kg in weight and 10 hours of recharging
I've sold it and took a Cruiser - it is much comfortable, useful and with high durability)
tinker2342 years ago
could i do this on auto tires also if i add a clear sealant could it protect it longer
tudgeanator2 years ago
That bike is phat as hell! What bike is it?
Vranov (author)  tudgeanator2 years ago
This is a stock Felt Imperial
But with powerfull Shimano Nexus 7 , wide wheels 50mm and some electric stuff
salocin1112 years ago
I really liked your instructable!
Here's my work and I'm very pleased with the results
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Vranov (author)  salocin1112 years ago
This is red duct tape?
Nice lookin" :)

This is orange and white electrical tape by 3M that I piked up at a local home depot!
I took these without flash so it's less apparent
here's one with flash
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Vranov (author)  salocin1112 years ago
Look's like stock-made))

This tape, probably, may came-off within two months((
But it is enough for that cost
then I will do it again :)
pork_hunt3 years ago
Thanks for your indestructible! I did this to an old mountain bike I found in a dumpster with two flats. Still to come? Seat re-cover, LED valve-caps, red bar-grips custom stickers, and a badge!
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jackfaciale3 years ago
the heating is made with a hairdryer ?
Vranov (author)  jackfaciale3 years ago
Yeah! The temp is about 50-60 'C deg
paqrat3 years ago
Good instructable and great looking bike!
karlpinturr3 years ago
Very Nice! And, of course, you can get different colours, so don't have to stick (pardon the pun) to whitewalls - or even a single colour!

Just one question, the only "duct tape" I know of is about 50mm wide, and has webbing on the back for strength. PVC tapes, on the other hand, are usually known as 'Electricians' or 'Electrical' tape. Can you give me more details of what you used? Thank you.
Vranov (author)  karlpinturr3 years ago
Yep) This is "electricans" duct tape? 25mm wide)
Maybe i'm very lucky, cause the glue on the tape is still holds on the tire. For a minute - I've made this in the beginnig of the May, noy it is July... still holds)

It was made for Custom Bike Exhibition ( May the 30th )

Photo - in the SuperMarket) Last Week
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Thank you Vranov, that clears things up nicely.
I'd hazzard a guess, and opt for PVC due the heating in step 4. I'd thought the webbed tape wouldn't melt/stick as PVC does.

Thanks.

I'd come to the same conclusion, figuring the width in as well, but as the 'ible states 'duct tape', I thought I'd better check (perhaps the author's English doesn't quite match well enough yet?).
Ugghh! That sounds horribly condescending - please, everyone, ignore the bracketed tripe!
nakuru3 years ago
That's a great technique, thanks.
tinker2343 years ago
wow could do it to a car
like to see that . what would be great for bikes is Reflective tape on tires.
abnor BtheBike3 years ago
Fantastic idea! I'll have reflective tape coming in the mail in a few days, so I'll use this instructable!
bahi3 years ago
Nice bike, good instructable!
jonnis3 years ago
Nice to know a technique to make whitewall tires. I'm dreading the day that I have to change the tires on my cruiser. It wont be easy to get a hold of some here in Norway.
Vranov (author) 3 years ago
Ok! But be sure to connect the beginning and the endings of the tape circle)
It will be enough 2 sm