Picture of Big Pull Ties From Bike Inner Tubes
Here is a quick way to convert old bike inner tubes into pull ties that have hundreds (well lots anyway) of uses. I use them for cords, hoses, belts, brake cable housings and all kinds of loose bundles of stuff around the shop.

Just about any bike shop or bike coop will have a bin of discarded inner tubes. Most places will be glad to give these away just to get rid of them. I like the long thin ones (27" racing tubes) for most ties I make. Making one takes about 10 seconds so you can keep some readymade or make them as you need them.

Step 1: Cut Inner Tubes to Length

Picture of Cut Inner Tubes to Length

I find 18" and 24" lengths are pretty handy, but the nice thing is you can make these pull ties any length you need.
busidit4 years ago
these are fabulous!
and it's getting to be flat tire season with the wet roads.
dan4 years ago
hmm, this seems just like making a lark's head knot, but a lark's head will be stronger since you don't have to cut the innertube.  
bikeframe (author)  dan4 years ago
The cow hitch you refer to would be stronger because there is no cut and you use a double length of inner tube. This would be good for heavier stuff. But I suspect a cow hitch would tend to slip loose when made with bike inner tube.

The pull tie slit would probably be better at staying tight once it is pulled shut because the slit pinches. The overhand knot does a pretty good job of keeping the slit from tearing out. You also use about half as much inner tube with the pull tie (as if we ever need to conserve inner tube).

Thanks for the suggestion.
This may be the way I finally figure out how to easily put my messenger bag on my bike rack without having to alter either.
bikeframe (author)  toekneebullard4 years ago
Once you start using these things you find all kinds of uses.
Peter Fnord4 years ago
great idea!
bikeframe (author)  Peter Fnord4 years ago