Frequently Asked Questions
Will you take my old bike tubes for use in your products?
YES!! I would be happy to take your old tubes off your hands. Contact me for an address where you can send them. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT send any tubes filled with sealants. These are too messy to deal with and will go straight to the trash. Also, they weigh more than unslimed tubes, so you'll pay extra just to have me throw them away.
Do your products smell weird?
I know what you're thinking...old bike tubes, rubber that's been hanging out in bike tires...it's gotta smell weird right? Lots of folks think this, as I've seen plenty of people smell my wallets and bags when they first see them. Yes, my products do have a slight rubber smell (did you catch that, SLIGHT?), but you've really gotta put it up to your nose to notice.
Where do you get all the tubes?
All the tubes I use in my workshop are salvaged from old tube piles at the bike shops here in Moab. Most of them would be otherwise headed for the landfill, so the shops are always happy to see me coming. I occasionally get tubes from strangers across the country or individuals in town who bike a lot.
How strong is the stitching?
I use a medium weight bonded nylon thread throughout my products. Bonded nylon thread is an industry standard in upholstery, leatherwork, luggage, and anywhere heavy fabrics are used. Bonded means that a bonding agent has been added to the nylon filaments for extra strength, abrasion resistance, and smooth stitches. Also, I pay close attention to the right proportions of stiches per inch (or SPI). Unlike sewing through woven fabrics, sewing through rubber creates punctures, so having TOO many stitches per inch can make seams weaker. I make sure that the SPI value is at a good middle ground to maintain strong seams.
The colored thread I use for my wallets and pouches is a high quality polyester thread that is slightly heavier than your standard home sewing machine thread. I tried many other threads before finally settling on this one. I am more than pleased with its strength, smoothness, and brightness of color, and have found that my customers are as equally as satisfied.
Do you sell wholesale?
Absolutely! Get in touch with me here and let's talk shop!
How about custom orders?
Due to time constraints and my own impatience, I do not accept most custom orders. However I occasionally am able to accomodate requests for slightly different sizing or colors. For more complex requests I am happy to recommend other artisans who also work with bike tubes who may be able to help.