bike tread beltby Julien Jaborska
- the story
Don't Tread on Me
Don't fool around when it comes to keeping your pants up. These belts are handmade in Portland, Oregon from recycled bicycle rubber tires, and each one is strong enough to cinch you in for years to come. Each belt is made from a different tire, so each one has a distinct pattern to its tread, even showing different levels of wear. Buckle is nickel-plated steel.
You asked and we listened! The bike tread belts are now available in road or hybrid bicycle treads. The road bike tread belts will have a more subtle tread pattern. The hybrid bike tread belts will have a raised tread with a more textured look.
Click here to view Belt Sizing Guide.
- Item ID
- Made from
- nickel plated steel, recycled rubber
- Length from tip to tip: Small 38", Medium 42", Large 46"
- The road bike tread belts are between .94" and 1.25" wide, and they tend to have a more subtle tread pattern.
The hybrid bike tread belts are between 1.06" and 1.50" wide, and tend to have a raised tread with a more textured look.
Please see the labeled photos to see the variations in width and texture.
- the maker
Julien Jaborska got the idea to transform used bicycle tires into belts after working in bike shops for a few years and witnessing the heaps of trash generated by replacing worn and broken parts.
He decided to take some tires home and experiment, and came up with the first belt, which he kept for himself. After some friendly encouragement, he made a few more.
"I put some up for sale on that wonderful creation we call the internet, and the next thing I knew, orders were rolling in," he says.
Julien moved to Portland, Oregon, a city that he calls "the mecca of biking, recycling, handmade [and] weird," where he launched Rebicyclist as a full-time business.
He says that thanks to the support of those that buy his belts he is "living the dream, making cool things and riding bikes."
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