And that list goes on and on…
Though the inner tubes are being reused in so many clever ways, there are not a lot of creative things being done with the old bike tires themselves.
Enter Bicycle Belts.
Bicycle Belts are the brainchild of Tom Hellmann, a firefighter and avid cyclist in Tallahassee, FL.
Urban Velo has a pretty good description of Bicycle Belts,
The belts are made from a variety of tires—road, cross, commuter, mountain—and come in widths ranging from 1 to 1.5″. He makes all of his belts “one size fits all” at 50″ in length with holes punched punched for 31″ to 36″ waists. Customers can trim the belt down to size and punch additional holes as needed.
Tom typically uses the printed portion of the sidewall (aka the hot patch) for the loop, which is a nice finishing touch. The tire bead gives the loop additional rigidity which makes it easy to get the belt on and off.
You can buy one of the pre-made Bicycle Belts (or have one custom made) for $25 with free shipping or snag one of their new bike tube key “chains” (you’ll get the quotation marks when you see the “chains”) for $8 or $10, respectively.