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Anyone save old tubes? Got my first flat last week and saved the blown out tube. I think I overinflated on the pre ride check, tire exploded about 6 miles in, scared the feces out of me.
I was wondering if an old tube can be used to cut up for patches/boots for possible future blowouts (or anything else).

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Bill
 

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They're not stiff enough to use as boots. When you inflate the tire, the tube boot will just squeeze right through.
 

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World's best water gun.

Your FIRST flat?!? I don't keep track anymore, but here in the land of big thorns and shattered roadside sixpacks, I once got nine flats in a century and six on my 24-mile round-trip commute (didn't get all the shards out of the casing on that one). One month I averaged a flat every 30 miles. So bite me with your "first flat."
There, now I feel better... I use old tubes for tie-downs for all kinds of things, on my rear rack or securing stuff to the lashing points on my Carradice bag. I've wrapped them under bar tape for non-squishy padding, and also around the handles of my power mower and mini-tiller (though that was more of a use-up-the-tube move than a helpful innovation). You can cut it into a cylinder, zip tie a small tube (barrel of a Bic pen works well) inside one end, hold your finger over the hole while you fill the tube from the other end with water from a garden hose. When it's about as big around as your forearm, twist the open end shut, sneak up behind your wife or GF and take your finger off the hole.
 

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Good stuff..

Cut'm up into varying thickness rubber bands. Toss'm into your tool kits, big and small. You can nver have too many. Always come in handy. While dorment, they do well just holding patch kit boxes shut, ready for duty when the time comes(now the patch box is safer to hold those little easily lost stuff like a spare powerlink..)..or wider pieces are great for holding a folded up tube together in a tight wad..or that spare shock bolt for your mtb attached under the the same ones that are holding your the patch kit box closed:).

In longer pieces plus a ziptie here and there..they make for good additional weather protection (when its the worst of conditions)for vulnerable cable housing ends(over the barrel rolls at the lever or where the cable enters the shifter, cover the FD for mud protection for an upcoming mudfest of a mtb race:(, etc)

Also, In big pieces and on certain bikes, they make good light weight chainstay pretectors. The list goes on..

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crazymonkey said:
Give them to your dog, they love to play with them and its funny to play tug o war with them and then let go and watch the tube hit the dog in the head....just gotta watch out for the stem....:D
shims...the word is shims
 

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The best use I have ever had for old inner tubes was as the power bands for a huge slingshot that we used to launch water baloons at other boats. We used a huge women's bra to cradle two baloons, and a latex inner tube attached to each end of the bra. The other ends of the tubes were attached to two posts placed in the rod holders that were mounted in the boat's cockpit gunwale, and we could fire two water baloons over 100 feet of water with enough force to knock one of our opponents right out of her boat.
 

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Works better with MTB tubes, but cut a piece about the length of your foot, then cut open (so you've now got a flat, rectangular piece of tube material). Cut in the shape of the insole in your cycling shoe, and insert under the insole. Makes the shoes muy warmer in the cold.
 

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water fight BAZOOKA!+++

Cut the tube in half, such that you cut out the holed section.

Tie a knot at one end.

Put the other end over a spigot, and fill the tube up with water. You may not want the whole tube, once you see how big it gets!

Hold on to the open end. When you see the whites of their eyes, let go! Brace yourself- it kicks! A giant tube of water flys out. It can knock little kids right off their feet- so use care.

Speaking of which...
Ironbutt said:
The best use I have ever had for old inner tubes was as the power bands for a huge slingshot that we used to launch water baloons at other boats. We used a huge women's bra to cradle two baloons, and a latex inner tube attached to each end of the bra. The other ends of the tubes were attached to two posts placed in the rod holders that were mounted in the boat's cockpit gunwale, and we could fire two water baloons over 100 feet of water with enough force to knock one of our opponents right out of her boat.
Years ago this was considered fun in keelboat racing. One person was hit in the face and had both of their retinas detached, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Yeah, permanently blind. So... use a little care- it's fun until somebody gets both their eyes put out.

Back in the day, I got in an arguement with a guy from Texas about who had the best bottle rockets. He said he got the best bottle rockets from Texas, and I said these babies I got from Oregon were better. So we went back to back, marched out 50 paces, turned and lit the fuses. His fizzled close to me and went "bang!" Mine went "SCREEEEE!", slamed in to his chest, went "POW!" and set his shirt on fire! He had to use his beer to put himself out, and I laughed so hard I pulled a muscle in my side. Yea, I could have put his eye out. It was still funny, though.

I guess my point is, if we are gonna do stupid stuff, let's do stupid stuff carefully.

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