Introduction: TREAD BELT

Nice belts made out of used bicycle tires. These belts are stylish and very simple to make.
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)

Step 1: SEARCH FOR TIRES

Search for used tires with a nice tread
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Step 2: BUY SOME BELT BUCKLES

Buy some belt buckles you like
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Step 3: BUY SOME CHICAGO SCREWS

Buy some Chicago Screws or rivels to fix the buckles
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Step 4: CUT OUT THE TREAD

Cut out the tread in the width of your belt buckle
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Step 5: MAKE SOME HOLES

Make the holes you need to fix the buckle.
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Step 6: FIX THE BUCKLE

Fix the buckle and fit the belt to your size
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Step 7: !!! DONE !!!

Ready to use
by: www.opendesignclub.com (thats me!)

Comments

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akrob made it! (author)2014-07-03

How do you cut the tires cleanly? Utility knife = stretches the rubber and makes crooked lines. Tin snips = jagged edges and crooked lines. Is there an industrial rotary cutter?

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shizumadrive made it! (author)2014-01-17

i too want to thank you for the Chicago screw info. I searched for screw rivets or just rivets before

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andrea biffi made it! (author)2013-12-05

wow, they're awesome, I saw some of them today in a market stand and I suddenly felt the need to built one! LOL

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johnv474 made it! (author)2011-10-03

Use more than one buckle. Start your own trend. Ever seen a belt with three buckles?

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TheGreatS made it! (author)TheGreatS2012-10-26

I've never seen a belt with two buckles... how would 3 buckles work.

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guldart made it! (author)2012-08-06

Thanks!!, it´s awesome!!!

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SIRJAMES09 made it! (author)2011-07-17

I never thought of this!
What a cool idea!!!!!! TY for sharing!!

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edina2015 made it! (author)2011-06-18

How do you guys make your loop holes so clean?

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de5099 made it! (author)2011-02-12

what if i need longer than what the tire provides.... like for a bigger man... how would i connect the tires together!?

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there are several ways to splice, i'm sure. i think you could smooth out points with cement glue too

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kenbob made it! (author)2011-04-07

Great instructable!
Love these,
The hybrid tire i chose is a bit rounded, but overall - i like the results.
I salvaged buckle and little strap below buckle from a belt that had died.
And, now I know those little bolts are called Chicago bolts!

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Jax Rhapsody made it! (author)2010-11-01

I started this project, but I used a mountain bike tire- some sort of old Kenda tire. The tire is worn but the outer(side wall I guess) lugs protrude into the required cutting area. It's not alot but would it be better to cut through them or around them. They aren't very worn cause either because they aren't part of the contact pacth when riddin on solid grounds.

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askvictor made it! (author)2009-03-17

A list of tools etc would be nice; how did you cut the holes for the belt? Another ideas is to use a link of chain to hold the belt together around the buckle instead of the chicago screw. Y'know, just for that extra bit of bike-nerdiness.

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SashaDensikoff made it! (author)SashaDensikoff2010-09-16

To make nice neat holes like this, you will need a hole punch.
This is a type of leatherworking tool that is designed to cut varying sized holes in leather belts or other projects. You can get them in all different sizes.
They're a bit like a centre punch, but hollow at one end and bladed instead, and you just place the tool where you want the hole and smack it with a hammer.
Long holes are made with the same tool, you just nibble it along until you have the length needed to wrap around the middle pin in the buckle.
Hope this helps. :)

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Visitor made it! (author)2007-05-22

Use chain ring bolts instead. And it is enough to have one link to your website on the introduction. Putting it on every page is blatant link spamming for higher Google rating.

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komodoboyx5 made it! (author)komodoboyx52010-09-07

beacause its like hes so totally going to make some ripples in the trillions of other options to make. Besides, better spam it up with something good, and not complete waste. this actually helps.

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DIYDragon made it! (author)2009-07-20

Sweetness - need to find me a bicycle tire. I do actually have a belt chain that is a bike chain. Would go nice with this haha.

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Speedmite made it! (author)2009-06-19

Now that looks cool.

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SG1Oniell made it! (author)2009-04-03

doesn't it end up smelling like rubber, you know what I mean right? that over-powering smell, also, add tire black to the tread, it ends up shiny and awesome.

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lotusduck made it! (author)2008-10-24

I'm going to build one with D rings. That way, you don't need to buy actual belt parts, you just need to find two sturdy circles that are larger than your belt. Perhaps I will do an instructable on how many things can be D belt rings. Perhaps.

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oddblob made it! (author)2008-08-08

keep the wire in the bead! if you can get it out, it becomes vast quantities of spring wire. the most useful substance on earth. apart from gaffer tape. and growth hormone.

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NathanSF made it! (author)2008-06-09

Any ideas on where to purchase belt buckles? I thought of Goodwill, removing buckles from cheap belts - but this seems like a bit of a waste. Thanks for any info.

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Dragonpike made it! (author)2007-07-01

How do i cut through the metal part of the tire?

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TheMadTinker made it! (author)TheMadTinker2008-04-24

I believe you're referring to the bead of the tire. It can be cut through using an ordinary pair of wire cutters or tin snips.

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oldbastardjoe made it! (author)oldbastardjoe2008-02-25

cut around it. like stab it then cut around it if you get me.

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xrobevansx made it! (author)xrobevansx2007-09-24

most bike tires aren't radials.

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quicumque made it! (author)2007-06-29

Wonderful. Great idea and very thorough pictures, which makes this a superb instructable.

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PocketSized made it! (author)2007-06-27

Hopefully when I've had a go at making mine I'll be able to wear it to work. lol, I'll probably look like a bike. But thats not stopped me yet.

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error404 made it! (author)2007-05-23

you'll have to clean the tread very very well. Sugar soap i would advise. Also the bolts that are used are called Chicago Screws. It makes things easier to get if you know what they are called. Nice belt and if you osed mountain bike tyres you could have a wider belt. Also good for those of us a ittle more generous in girth.

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opendesignclub made it! (author)2007-05-22

pyro pyro das hab ich schon alles alleine gemacht und euch instructablianer wollte ich damit beglücken --- also originaler gehts gar nicht. (nicht gleich in Flammen aufgehen) pyropyro I did all that stuff myself and I just want to share it with you guys on instructables --- this is the original author project and whatever --- more original is not possible. (don't burn me dude) :)

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ich bin ein pyro made it! (author)ich bin ein pyro2007-05-22

sorry but i though you would be another one of those spammers copy off a website but you know you dont have to advertise ur website on every step double pyro--

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andrewjadams3 made it! (author)2007-05-22

Yeah, that's his website, :P That's a cool looking belt, I might have to try that!

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keng made it! (author)2007-05-21

wont this make black marks on all your stuff? i mean, if you use it on your pants. this could also be very interesting as tie-downs too.

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opendesignclub made it! (author)opendesignclub2007-05-21

I am wearing one myself -- and I have no problems so far. But have a try ---

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2007-05-21

Can we see your build of the belt?
(or at last a picture of your finished product?)

L

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opendesignclub made it! (author)opendesignclub2007-05-21

the instructable shows a picture of one of my belts --- I made at least 10 of them --- the whole thing is my baby.

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lemonie made it! (author)lemonie2007-05-21

Sorry, see comment on the other Instructable. (People do just repost other people's stuff y'know) L

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