Recycle those bike tubes!

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This summer I took up biking.  We are so fortunate to live right by a “rails to trails” path which connects two of our cities.  The path is a gorgeous tree-lined trail which extends 15 miles through rural Northern Michigan.  Every bike ride brings with it a new adventure.  There’s always turtles at the pond, snakes who quickly scurry across the path and, occasionally, a deer stops for a quick pic.

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Well, last Monday was quite an adventure in a different-sort-of-way.  Two miles into my bike ride, I blew a tire.  Oh, boy.  That has never happened.  Fortunately, I was with my dad who is an avid biker.  Little did I know that pack he always carries on the back of his bike contained a tire repair kit complete with a replacement tube.  Thank goodness for dad.  As I stood by helplessly as dad changed the tire, I spied the popped tube laying on the trail.  It reminded me of a blog post that I wrote a year ago featuring an idea to help those kiddos who just need to move.  Scott, from Bouncy Bands, asked if I could try out a new product he just developed and I absolutely LOVED this idea.  Basically, you place PVC pipes on the desk legs and tie an old bike tube on each leg.  How simple!  Here’s a pic:

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They are so easy to make and quite inexpensive.  The Home Depot people often volunteer to cut the tubes if you tell them you are a teacher and bike shops often have old tubes on hand.  This is a great DIY project!

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 Be sure to stop by Scott’s website.  You can also order them from the site.  Just click HERE.

After running to Home Depot, I’m going to take a quick trip to the bike shop and pick up one of those packs.

 

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