Bicycle Inner Tube Watchband

I am an avid cyclist, and since I ride my bike a lot I’ve also inevitably gotten a lot of flat tires. This means I have a lot of old inner tubes lying around my house, so for my upcycling project I’ve decided to use them. This is nothing new as there are many cyclists and therefore many people who have upcycled their inner tubes, but I wanted to do something different from the typical inner tube wallet or bungee cord.


Since the tubes are rubber, they can work for something that needs to be waterproof and/or elastic. Therefore I’ve decided to try to make a watchband for my watch. My particular watch isn’t pictured here, but it’s in need of a new band. I think this is a good idea because not only would the band be waterproof, but the stretchy nature of the rubber would probably make for a more comfortable fit.


I am currently trying to use a sewing machine and stitching, but can turn to glue or epoxy if necessary. Additionally, I might try to decorate the band with some sort of aesthetic once I’m done making it. Hopefully this will turn out to be a good project!

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  • Meridith Richter
    January 31, 2016 2:24 pm

    I think braiding it would also be interesting, or attaching different bicycle materials (like bicycle chain, etc.) would be a great addition. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • There may be solvents, like whatever is in rubber cement that may let you seamlessly weld the rubber together.

  • NIce idea! I know superglue works well on rubber too. You might consider perforations (in a pattern?) to make it breathe a bit.


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