Our creations give new purpose to discarded bike tubes and other parts. Curious about where they've been on their way to you?
Our process starts at the local bike shop, where we pick up discarded tubes, tires, gears, and chains. Tubes are cheap and time is not, so shops will replace flats with new tubes, rather than patching them. Busy bike shops can go through dozens, if not hundreds, of bike tubes in a day.
At this stage, we'll leave behind any tubes that are too old, punctured, or dirty. The rest travel up to our studio in bike buckets, or in a bike trailer if there's a large load.
Next, we check them through for holes and cut valves out to open them for cleaning. Bike tubes have fine calcium carbonate powder inside, to keep the rubber sides from sticking together, plus dirt and grime from their life on the wheel. A few rounds in the wash and they emerge slick and shiny, ready for cutting!
Finally, we trace pattern shapes with silver pens, cut, and assemble the pieces on a walking foot industrial sewing machine.
At the end of production, all our rubber off-cuts are brought to a rubber recycling collection to be used in industrial applications. That way, nothing gets wasted!
Many thanks to our recycling partners:
Kickstand Community Bike shop
Les Bicycletteries J.R
Right to Move/ La Voie Libre