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This instructable will teach you how to make Bicycle Panniers from only Inner tubes and rubber cement. It turned out even better than I expected and is very strong, Completely waterproof, and very practical. Also like to give a thanks to my local REI for supplying me with way more than enough inner tubes. 

Things you will need:

About 7 or 8 inner tubes
Contact Cement (Little stronger stuff than rubber cement.)
Skinny Foam Brush
Something Round to use as a rolling Pin. 

Step 1: Items You Need

Things you will need:

About 7 or 8 inner tubes
Contact Cement (Little stronger stuff than rubber cement.)
Skinny Foam Brush
Something Round to use as a rolling Pin. 
 
Kwolf1215 days ago

Sweet! I think I'll make one of these for my daughter's bike. I've mostly just used old inner-tubes for protecting ropes and staking out trees, but they always seemed to have such potential to be other things. I don't think I've ever thrown one away ... such good material.

If you ever do decide to go fancy when you're making something with them, be aware that they make really awesome braids and rope-like weaves. Cut thin strips of tube, about one centimeter wide, and do a simple braid, then tie at the end with a thinner piece (the contact cement will help a lot to make that knot stay) and you have a very nice leather-look rope to tie panniers shut or tie gear on top of the rack.

Hey Zyan,
Great idea! I worked a lot with innertube, but never thought of bicycle Pannier. Put old tyres where they belong: on a bike! You may consider cutting a tube lenghtwise and put it on the rims. It will look great and make it less "floppy". Visit my website www.ruudvankoningsbrugge.nl and look under "Tassen" (Bags) for more idea's. Sorry the website is in dutch.

Hi ruud since you're dutch could you maybe tell me what the dutch word is for contact cement? I have no clue what to buy in Belgium.

Hi bogaardesquat,
Ik denk dat contact cement ongeveer overeen komt met bison kit of bison tix, een contact lijm die je op beide opppervlakken aanbrengt, even laat drogen en dan op elkaar perst. Mijn ervaringen met binnenband in combinatie met dergelijke lijmen ( ook van andere merken) zijn niet erg positief, Ik vind het niet stevig, en niet betrouwbaar
' You may consider cutting a tube lenghtwise and put it on the rims. It will look great and make it less "floppy" '

I had a look at your site and your stuff is AMAZING, Its clear you have a lot of experience. I have done some work with bike tubes but I can never stop the 'floppy' problem, could you please explain a but clearer how you cut and attach the bike tubes to avoid this problem?
I will try to explain.
Tube comes in two types. One rounded, the other flat ( see photo) the right flat one is the only one to create a non floppy surface.
Second photo shows a flat tube cut lenghtwise in two "folded rims"
Third photo shows the rim sewn round the edge of a bag-flap.
The rim reïnforces the otherwise floppy rim.
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onrust2 years ago
The perfect combination of ugly and awesome. I love it!
Love this! I only have 23c tubes though, do you think it will work with such thin tubes ? What size did you use ? I'm surprised it only took 7 or 8 tubes to make this.

Voted and rated 5* :)
Zyan (author)  scraptopower4 years ago
Hey

Yah it would probably work, but take a lot more tires, might make it easier with thinner tubes to use a tube or strip of a tube for a backing that would also make it look like there is no layers and one solid piece and might be easier to get one strip fully covered in glue and pop to half glued pieces to it. just an idea would give it a flat look also. hope that makes sense but yeah it will take a lot more time to glue them all together might be worth it to just pick up someone elses old tubes that are bigger and you could use the small tubes as backing pieces if you wanted to try the flat look. I have hard time writing what I am seeing in my head sorry, hope this makes sense. all the ones I used were around 26's 1.90 to 2.3 range. If you make one you should let me know and post a picture!

Zyan
wingbatwu4 years ago
make it shiny with armorall
aaron-k4 years ago
AND DUCT TAPE!!!!! DONT FORGET DUCT TAPE!
Zyan (author)  aaron-k4 years ago
haha yah can't forget duct tape.
busidit4 years ago
Hey, Great project!
I especially like the way you used the printed parts of the tubes.
I've been digging inner tubes a lot lately. I have so many surplus tubes around they have become, along with zip-ties, the solution to most of life's problems;) An example is mounting a big plastic milk crate on the front of my bike. The rack is a hacked rear rack and it's mounted very securely to the forks with zip-ties. The inner tube protects the paint and keeps everything from sliding. I'm working on a complete Instructable on it, but in the meantime here's a quick preview.
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Zyan (author)  busidit4 years ago
Thanks
I like what you did there. yup Zip Ties and Inner tubes can fix almost anything. let me know when you post that instructable!