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Picture of Road Bike Tire Watchband

This is version 1.1 of my road bike tire watch band. More to come as I'll add instructions on how to make the removable cloth piece for extra comfort. Having the road bike tire against your bare skin doesn't feel so good.

Parts:

  • 1 Road bike tire - recommend a used 700x21-25c road bike tire size where the middle is worn down. This wear will make it easier to install the watch.
  • 2 Rivets
  • 1 Sports Watch - keep the pins from the previous band.
  • +6inches of Velcro - approx 1.5cm width recommended
  • Thread
  • (optional) cloth - 10x3inch sheet approximately - cycling jersey recommended

Tools you will need:

  • Sharpie or felt tip pen
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Pin
  • Leatherworking punch set
  • Rivet setter (in most Leatherworking tool kits) OR Rivet press (expensive!)
  • Sewing kit or sewing machine
  • Pliers (needle nose)
 
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Step 1: First cuts and first outline

Picture of First cuts and first outline

  1. Select the section of the road bike tire and place the watch on top of the tire (with the old watch band intact).
  2. Mark the both ends where you will cut, giving your self about 1/2 inch to play with.
  3. Make the first cut and wrap the road tire around your wrist. How does it feel? Look at the 2nd mark and make sure you have about 2 inches of the road tire overlapping. The section that overlaps is where the velcro will go.
  4. Once you've made your final cut, Disconnect the old watch band from your watch and keep the connecting pins.

raspberryman3 months ago
I'm pretty sure that's a vortex manipulator.

Wow, cool! My dad loves biking, maybe I'll make him one!

Echucai2 months ago
Pfffffffffffff
nodcah3 months ago

Cool project!

Ωmega3 months ago

I love the basis of the design. Will have to try on leather.

3366carlos3 months ago

very nice. Inner tube might be softer

craftclarity3 months ago

Well impressive!
I have an old cell phone holder someone made in a similar way. Very nice! Have you thought about backing it with something in order to keep sweat from building up on the inside?

thank you! yes, I will post an update for a removable inner liner made from a cycling jersey. this will be secured to the watch by Velcro, too.