TREAD BELT

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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!)

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    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?

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

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

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

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

    Thanks!!, it´s awesome!!!

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

    How do you guys make your loop holes so clean?

    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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    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!

    belt.jpg

    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.

    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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    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. :)

    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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    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.

    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.

    Now that looks cool.

    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.

    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.