Bicycle Tire Dome

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Intro: Bicycle Tire Dome

We took a bunch of bike wheels and zip-tied them together into a dome

Most bicycle shops, we found, throw away old and broken wheels. They still work fine for this project! You could buy them for a decent discount, though, if the shop keeps them.

After you have a good number (we used about 40), it's pretty simple. Just stand them up and use zip-ties or wire to attach them.

We had 12 26" wheels for the bottom layer and 12 24" wheels for the second. The size difference gave us an inward tilt. 8 24" ones for the third row, with 2 wheels for every 3 of the second row. The top was 1 24" wheel connected to 3 rims without spokes. The rims overlapped with the third row.

Thanks to Stevie's Happy Bikes, our local bike store that gave us all the wheels!

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19 Discussions

We are thinking of building one of these on a school playground in the garden area and wondering what the diameter (ground coverage or space needed) of the structure measures out to be?

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milesnorth

3 years ago on Introduction

This is a cool project. I love the use of tires for it. Good job.

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C60

5 years ago on Introduction

man i love that , very good use of recycled materials :)

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build52

6 years ago on Introduction

That would be awesome to grow pole beans on it!!

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astaib1

6 years ago on Introduction

i need to make a jumbo version of this, then turn it into a zombie proof bunker

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l8nite

6 years ago on Introduction

really great idea.... I see another "art" project to tick off the code enforcement idiot in my future

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Aron313

6 years ago on Introduction

haha looks like a waste to me. that probably because i bike a lot

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flyingpuppy

6 years ago on Introduction

Hm. You've just provided me with the structure for my pizza oven. I've decided that dried algae is non-combustible, so I think I'll make a dome like yours, cover it with wire mesh, then pour algae all over it to make a heat-resistant oven! Thanks! Brilliant work.