I plan on doing a multi-part post about the whole belt making process, but until I do that here is a sneak peek.
These are some tires that need to be cut into belts. Basically, the sidewall of each tire is cut off to leave the flatter top portion. As you can see some of these are dirty; after cutting they are soaked in a bucket of hot, soapy water for a few days to loosen up any dirt and then they are run through the washing machine for a final cleaning.
Here you can see me in the process of cutting the sidewalls off. It's hard to see but I basically use a set of tin snips. Road tires tend to be thinner and easier to cut, the mountain ones can be difficult, especially if I have to end up cutting through the knobs. It gives the hands quite a workout, even after doing it for two years now.
Sadly, the whole tire can't be recycled, here is the pile of sidewalls that remains after cutting several tires. Still, at least there is less headed to the landfill.
02 December, 2009
This is what my messenger bag looks like after a weekend of belt sales, packed full of belts headed around the country, and sometimes the world! I love riding to the post office to drop them off. I could figure out how to do the mail carrier scheduled pick-up, but taking a break during the day to relax, breathe in some fresh air, and see sights like these is much more enjoyable!
On clear days I get to see both Mt Hood and Mt St Helens riding down the hill to the post office. Can't beat that!