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Bike belt from my old Kenda small block

So yesterday, I decided to finish up the spring maintenance on my MTB, and I swapped on a new set of tires.  The old ones were pretty spent but I hung on to the front as a spare.  The rear had a huge gash in the side wall, so it was junk.  Instead of tossing it though, I figured I'd make a belt out of it.  Turns out I had a spare buckle back from when I was making a few paracord belts:

So I had the buckle, and the belt material, so all I had to do was pick up some fasteners.  Turns out there is a fabric store right next to the bike shop, so I grabbed my new tires and slime, and then picked up these fasteners for a few bucks:


These are easy to fasten, as you just hammer them into place.  Great for me, as I didn't want to buy some tool to fasten buttons (although I'm thinking of getting something like that).  Anyway, I just cut off the side walls of the tire, and then took it inside to wash all the Stan's out of it:

I let the tire soak a bit, then used a wash rag and rubbed all the Stan's out.  This was the hardest part of the job by far, but didn't take much more than moderate elbow grease.  Next, I cut a hole for the buckle with my exacto knife:

After that, I just attached the buckle:


Before I hammered the two fasteners through, I cut a piece of rubber out of the old side wall to use as a retaining strap on the belt.  I wrapped that around the front of the belt, and sandwiched it between the folded rubber holding the buckle.  Then I hammered the fasteners through.  The buttons end up behind the retaining loop:

The last thing I did was cut the belt to length, round the end, and poke the holes.  I marked the holes at the same distance as one of the belts I wear a lot and knew fit well.  Then I just cut an "X" at each mark, and ran a round file through each hole.  I did cut extra material out with my xacto knife too.

The finished product:

I've been wearing it for a day or so now, and it fits perfectly, and keeps my pants up.  Pretty sweet way to upcyle.


- Rob


Reader Comments (3)

Rob, I think you need an Etsy store, HAHAHAHA. I agree, awesome upcycle! Looks really cool.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Look at you Martha Stewart!
;)- Pretty cool.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Rob.... that is genius!!!.... I can see me doing the same with my about to be retired rear tyre too!!!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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