10 Bicycle Inner Tube Hacks

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inner tubes around for emergencies or older bikes. If you have a bike shop, then you definitely
have a pile of tubes on hand. Today, we’ll be putting these tubes to use. Here are 10 inner tube hacks that you can
use on bikes, around the house, and on the trail. Let’s get started. You’ve probably seen someone using an inner
tube to protect their chainstay, but it can look kind of—like an inner tube. Instead, cut the tube along the seam and open
it up. Wrap it around your chainstay while stretching
it on each pass. Secure it with electrical tape and you’ll
have a streamlined and functional chainstay protector. Garbage bags have a tendency to fall in as
you fill them with trash, so most people tie them like this. Instead, use an inner tube. You can use a tube by itself, or cut one thinner
to use it like a big rubber band. Since tubes come in different sizes, there’s
always one that will fit your garbage can, and the bag will be unaffected until you tie
it up and throw out. The rubber from an old inner tube can be used
for gripping things without scratching them. Since you can cut a piece in whatever size
or shape you want, it’s easy to create the perfect buffer between a tool and a pretty
bike part. I keep various pieces of inner tube around
just for this purpose. These plastic caps protect the ends of your
cranks, and—you guessed it, there’s a way to hack them out of inner tubes. Take off your pedal and place a piece of tube
over your crank. Now slide a section of tube over it. Cut out a hole and reinstall your pedal. It actually doesn’t even look that bad,
and rubber is great for deflecting debris on the trails. You can make a rim strip out of an inner tube. Just cut it along a seam long ways, and cut
it again at the width of your rim. If you’re precise enough you can even use
it as a tubeless rim strip. The best part is that you’ll have a valve
too! The differences between a legit tubeless stem
and one cut from an inner tube are pretty minor when you consider the disparity in cost. I’ve run stems cut from inner tubes with
no trouble at all. You can make a wall mounted bike stand from
a piece of inner tube, and I’m going to show you how. Just measure out a piece of tube around your
bar and brake lever. Make a loop and put a hole through the end. This part isn’t as easy as you would think. Now we’ll mount it to the wall. I’m using a drywall anchor since there’s
no beam here. A washer will help keep the tube in place. Since the tube squeezes your brake lever,
it keeps your rear wheel from rolling, holding the whole bike in place. I got this from one of my subscribers. If you don’t like riding with a saddle pouch
or backpack, you can keep a spare tube on your hub. Just wrap it around and secure it with tape
or a zip tie. Since the weight is on your hub at the center,
it won’t have much of an effect on your bike’s performance, and the tube will always
be with you when you need it. Let’s say you’re riding street with nothing
but the clothes on your back, and your tire goes flat. Just go to a gas station that has air, find
the hole in your tube, and stick a piece of chewing gum over it. As long as it’s not a massive tear, the
gum will seal it against the tire. The best part is that you can make this repair
without any tools as you don’t need to fully remove the wheel. This trick has been around for ages, and it
can still get you out of a sticky situation. If your shop dog keeps running loose, you
can keep them at bay with an inner tube harness. Just cut the stem out of a tube and fasten
the ends with zip ties. Put your pups front legs inside of it and
pull it up around their back. This is the same design as Drama’s normal
harness, and if he runs to the end of his tether it’ll provide some cushion. Just look at how much he loves it. Remember when dropper posts had boots on them? Go old school with a custom made dropper boot. Just remove your saddle and stretch a segment
of tube over the seat clamp. Now secure it at the bottom of your dropper
post. Reinstall the saddle, and check this out. It works well and really does protect the
post. Best of all, it’s really funny. I also got this trick from one of my subscribers. So there you go, 10 hacks to put those old
inner tubes to good use. If you found any of these useful or just entertaining,
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them in the comments so I can put them in the next video. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
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100 Responses

  1. Seth's Bike Hacks says:

    Hey guys, Brian and Alexander are on their way through the South right now, posting videos as they go. They're making their way here, so head over to "BKXC" and "The Singletrack Sampler" to follow the journey! I miss those guys!

  2. Happyface Killa says:

    Ranger bands

  3. mechanic how to says:

    You should make a diy bike rack

  4. rowspresso says:

    For some reason I really love Drama.

  5. Zane Jarrell says:

    If you are in the woods, you can desperately use leaves to protect your chainstay

  6. Waffeey says:

    Funny how i found more uses for tube after going tubeless xD

  7. AJ Perez says:

    i like your dog man hahaha …

  8. Gary Miller says:

    ALRIGHT SETH. lets see you get creative with your friends and make balloon animals outta innertubes. a simple project that wont break your wrist or any other part you haven't damaged yet.

  9. Guero Rodriguez says:

    I cut out the stem and use them as big ruber bands to tie up rolls of roofing material – rolls of sheet paper or rolls of the water/ice block, I also put them over my matress to hold down my sheets as I toss and turn in my sleep and mess up my sheets often. or when I have too much shit in my fridge and the fridge won't close I put them over the fridge to hold it shut

  10. Youssef Hossam says:

    I watched this video a billion times yet still when i punctured my bike yesterday while riding street i fogot completely about the gum hack !!! 😂

  11. Weston Burns says:

    What about if you put it on handlebar grips

  12. john argue says:

    2:14. Sooooooo going to do this.

  13. alex says:

    I heard you could use them in your tyre in the place of sealant

  14. Sukrit Ray says:

    The dog iS so cute

  15. Mete TURHAN says:



  16. Gunpla _ Tim says:

    1:59 Warning guys, be careful when doing this hack, as if you do not have enough space for the pedal's screw part the pedal may rub against the innertube. I did this on a 1 week old bike and striped the crank. Be careful!!!

  17. Tim Griffin says:

    Haha the ad for Drama's site at the end is a great way to help your sponsors without a hard sell!

  18. h4x0rin _ says:

    you have cute drog bro


    If your inner tube has pinned or flat you can use rubber band for temporary repair just tie on the pinned part and secure if there is no air going out anymore then if there is no you are ready to go so don't forget to have some rubber band in your bags when going to ride

  20. Triple Threat MotorSports says:

    whats the best/most common inner tube for mountain bikes?

  21. League Of shadows says:

    You’re a sick fuck

  22. Cameron Boyle says:

    Can't seem to find the slow puncture on my tube. and I can't afford tubeless so don't pester me about it.

  23. Jack Johnson says:

    But then your tyres wouldn't be tubeless

  24. Pascal Rieder says:

    I got one!
    U can make a crankstopper by cutting some rubberbands out of an inner tube and putting it over your cranks between the bb and crank (more bands, more friction)


    For the first hack. Just do it without cutting if you have an cheaper deleriur.

  26. John Huron says:

    Entertaining, informative and thought provoking. Infinitely superior to anything found on Broadcast TV. Please continue! (70 year old MTBer.)

  27. Just Jordan says:

    You can make a chair out of Tubes. You need a Frame to stretch the tubes around. Or bold down 2 car tires and tubes around the holes to make a Tire Chair/Trampoline for kids

  28. Plutonium says:

    Good for hanging up a punching bag also, really dampens the noise.

  29. Wyatt Sweet says:

    Got anal leakage use and inner tube

  30. Aleksandar Spasenovski says:

    brao brao retarda si zatoa cuti koga ne znajs prost

  31. Niñoel Castro says:

    I used grip old grip for chain guard. 😂 And it looks good though. (Black)

  32. Beginner on a Bike says:

    Word of the day: longways

  33. Purified water 2 says:

    5:00 just look how much he loves it/ Dog: I fucking hate this

  34. The Flip says:


  35. Aaron Alagos says:

    Seth I have one hack
    Inflate a fatbike inner tube and float through your pool

  36. J- Gaming says:

    Can you donate some bike parts to me plss im just a newbie

  37. John Cox says:

    I liked this video ,A better way to make holes in inner tubes is with a hollow punch . They cut a perfect circle to reduce tearing . They a cheep and also a great way to make rubber or leather washers to reduce vibration and keep worn fasteners tight I once used one to reduce a jittery derailleur problem on my prehistoric mountain bike good luck hope this helps.

  38. benjamin massie says:

    is that  mr.eggnoodles?

  39. Sourav Bhattacharyya says:

    I simply loved all of these hacks, you are just superb man!

  40. OC Bikelife says:


  41. Krstntn says:

    After removing a seized seatpost I had damaged the little slit part in the seat tube (the bit that your seat clamp squeezes together) so I had mud and dirt entering my seat tube. I cut a 2" long piece of inner tube and slid it over the top of the seat tube, completely covering the slit. No more water in my frame 👌🏻

  42. Carlos Eduardo Matoso Figueiredo says:

    nice vídeo

  43. Cody Collier says:

    Do a 360 video

  44. Jaden Sanchez says:

    Omg Seth u save my life

  45. Santiago Hincapie says:

    En español por favor

  46. Corner says:

    Electrick bike

  47. FoxzMTB says:

    In new zeqland we cant pump our bikes at gas stations so R.I.P

  48. rahul singh says:

    Tu chutiya hain

  49. Lemon Devil says:

    ‘Creates free infinite energy source out of tubes’

  50. Hey dude 101 says:

    5:04 can i put that on a fork to protect the shock from dirt

  51. GHOST says:

    if i see a dude walking his dog with an inner tube im running the other way

  52. Scott says:

    A cheap trunk rack can rattle loudly and scratch your paint. Pieces of tube can be wrapped around the hooks to make a buffer

  53. HaLuNkE ST0NER says:

    You can also just cut them sideways and make rubber rings out of them.

  54. ThΞKnight says:

    Legends say, that an inner tube can cure cancer if used correctly.

  55. TJ Suydam says:

    Now i just wanna get a buncha tubes to do weird shit with

  56. Louie Watson says:

    Put that tube on your hub and a stick will poke a hole in it.

  57. Nibha Choudhary says:

    Please make a video of Betwin rockrider 560s

  58. Rod ‘n’ reel, Lure ‘n’ line says:

    How many inner tubes did he go through in this video. Hahaha

  59. Moto Rider94 says:

    Teacher: What is 5×89?
    Seth in back of class: Innertubes

  60. Omar Carrillos says:

    Will give the Dropper post a shot. Looks cool

  61. Catson says:

    I put tube on my Kryptonite chain lock

  62. Julian C says:


  63. Mimi Melo says:

    Find the whole in the tube… oops!

  64. Jesse MacOhlsson says:

    Don’t hang your bike from a god damned drywall anchor. It’s made to hold a picture frame, not a bike.

  65. Themagicphonebooth Q says:

    If your in a weird situation you can use a inner tube to make a slingshot

  66. Baiatul cu bicicleta says:

    I like the stand

  67. the musical gamer says:

    I was doing rly fast trails in uk and my tube got a huge split in it so I found a old tube over a tree which also had a split in it so I cut a few inches of and put it over my tube then I put some tape and rubber cement on it and it worked fine

  68. Lekha Pratap says:

    Also works for quick S&M sessions.

  69. William Guo says:

    One hack I use inner tubes is to pump it up and put it in a bike tire.

  70. WhiteDoge123 says:

    i think your dog hates you for this

  71. That Guy 52 says:

    Can't you just put tubing on the sides of the actual vice. Then it will protect everything.

  72. Ant The Mountain Biker says:

    Is there anything you cant do?

  73. digifrankie says:

    I Love dis dog

  74. Leaft HD says:

    best hack use the tube as a tube

  75. GentlemenBMX says:

    Hey seth, I have a bunch of bmx bikes and limited space any good ideas to free up some space?

  76. Felix Palazzolo says:

    hi seth! can you make a video on how to patch a inner tube using a cut out peace of a old inner tube and maybe some of that slime brand rubber cement stuff that comes in a can at gas stations and hardware stores i've been told it works but am yet to try thanks one of your fans felix

  77. Airsoft Landon says:

    i know this is a stupid hack, but cut an old inner tube to size take off your front wheel and put the inner tube over the suspension fork so it will provide protection against the dirt and mud

  78. Dizy says:

    i love the dropper post boot i will try tht out 😁

  79. Rakz Roamerz says:

    Hi Seth, my 700c inner tube always tears near valve. How can I prevent that from happening?. I almost had 3 inner tubes changed. Do I need to change rim maybe?. Thanks

  80. П Ξ K Ө says:

    Is there a inter tube that will fit my dumpster?

  81. Bene Bauer says:

    So i can use a normal valve as a tubeless valve

  82. liam hollimoud says:

    Yeah I know I’m a little late haha but would you be able to do the same with you forks like you did the dropper post

  83. Athula Kankanan says:

    If you get a flat take the tires end and put it out of your rim

  84. Gilbert Arciniega says:

    I actually use old inner tubes as a protective barrier strip for the new tube.

  85. Aoi San says:

    Theirs an inner tube for any job

  86. Mtb .t_ says:

    Does the gum one actually work or not

  87. Fast Films MTB says:

    Use it n the clamp of a work stand to keep it of your post

  88. Gabriela says:

    5:27 I won't say what that looks like

  89. TheModdedBullet7 says:

    me at 0:00 : what?
    me at 0:05 : OMG HE IS HANGING HIS DOG!!!!

  90. Girish Bucktawar says:

    Some hack for repairing freewheels

  91. Lee Sours says:

    Ya but ur not always going to have a gas station near u

  92. Javed Jinnah says:

    You can also make patches with tubes

  93. Lefty seeL says:

    Does chewing gum, 04:11, really work? Coz that would really be great. One can have a very unlucky day and have multiple flats.

  94. Joseph Stalin says:

    Can you tell me how can i be a professional downhill biker if i cant afford a good bike for it?

  95. Bodhi Bockhorst says:

    you can make a sling out of a inner tube by folding it in half and putting it around your back of your neck then put your arm through the piece on your chest

  96. Yorman says:

    Ligas para sujetar el teléfono o parlantes a la bicicleta

  97. Oh bey Legend says:

    Next time warm up metal rod to make the hole

  98. Mike Mclaughlin says:

    Have u ever used cheese for tacos to cover a hole in ur tire?,I used did to get back home and it never released air please share this

  99. Jargalsaikhan Javkhlantugs says:

    You Tube

  100. Lászlóné Imre says:

    3:32 i put my bike like this!Does my brake get air into the sistem if i leave it to a long time?

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