Apr 26, 2021 at 12:05 pm #3710423
Does anyone have any recommendations? They don’t need to last forever, but I cannot rely at all on the random ones I use in the field.
Thought maybe someone knows a guy :). Thanks.Apr 26, 2021 at 12:59 pm #3710427matthew kModerator
Or how about loops of thin shock-cord?Apr 26, 2021 at 1:05 pm #3710428David GardnerBPL Member
@gearmakerLocale: Northern CaliforniaApr 26, 2021 at 2:24 pm #3710437SteveBPL Member
@steve-2Locale: Eastern Washington
Bicycle inner tubes….cut them to the size you want.
You can usually get old tubes for free from a good bike shop.Apr 26, 2021 at 4:21 pm #3710458Dave @ OwareBPL Member
@bivysack-comLocale: East Washington
They have to be exercised to last. Stretching them periodically helps.Apr 26, 2021 at 6:12 pm #3710463DanBPL Member
I have been using elastic hair ties for some applications. They seem very robust.Apr 26, 2021 at 6:57 pm #3710468Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
Sometimes you can find silicone hair bands. You could use non-silicone hair bands too. Depends what this is for. Hair bands aren’t going to be quite as large as the rubber band on your daily newspaper.Apr 26, 2021 at 7:06 pm #3710469David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Rubber bands off of the bunches of brocolli in the store.
Thin shock cord (like for inside tent poles). I’ve got some extra if you want. Tie a fisherman’s knot at the diameter you want.
That’s my favorite way to secure Thermarest pads. Also, they’re great for securing the big Hefty trash bag into/onto the gardening trash can.
Elastic ear straps off of all those face masks?Apr 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm #3710577
I heartily 2nd the bicycle inner tubes. The butyl rubber lasts for a very long time, and is very strong. The wider you cut them the stronger they are. I like racing tire inner tubes also. If you send me address, I will mail you a handful.
This is a 1 mm wide band (at thinnest point) I made seven years ago, and have used sporadically since, holding up 30 pounds.Apr 27, 2021 at 7:03 pm #3710598
Great solutions – thanks! Generous offer too David & Daniel. I’d like to take you up on your offer. I’ll PM you my address if you’re up for sending me some. THANKS!Apr 27, 2021 at 7:11 pm #3710599
My PM’s won’t take the username, & probably shouldn’t plunk my address down here. Do I use the @name? Otherwise, no big – really appreciate the offers!Apr 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm #3710619Axel JBPL Member
Regarding using bicycle inner tube material for rubber bands…. How do you unite the two ends? A knot?Apr 28, 2021 at 5:06 am #3710634
Axel J, I wondered the same thing (so I Googled it). I believe they are lateral cut sections & therefore are all uniform in diameter (but perhaps vary in stretch capacity determined by how thick you cut them).
But I’m guessing (a bit).Apr 28, 2021 at 8:58 am #3710656
David I have never used shock cord. If you have a bit of it you could spare I would like to try it. I can pay for shipping?
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Lateral cut is right. The wider the strip, the stronger they are, caveat is the can only stretch so much. I have tried the wide tires, and they are more difficult to work with than the regular sized and racing tires. Notice different heights/widths. I always keep a variety on hand (on pack, study table, kitchen, and car).Apr 28, 2021 at 10:32 am #3710667Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
From what I understand of bicycle innertube repurposing you use patch kit glue to glue the ends together. The glue in there is made for this.Apr 28, 2021 at 12:48 pm #3710686Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Daniel’s picture shows how it is done. No need for glue. I use very sharp kitchen shears.
I use them to hold my XC skis together among other uses.
If you prefer something similar from a commercial source, search on “Ranger Bands” on the web or on Amazon. You can source various sizes and different prices.Apr 28, 2021 at 9:29 pm #3710742
I just searched “Ranger Bands” on amazon, and discovered that they can also be used as an emergency fire starter! I wish I had known that the last time I broke through the ice two days into a trip :)May 4, 2021 at 6:02 am #3711405
I have found that the rubber bands I buy from staples last much better if I keep stock in a sealed ziplock in cool dark place. Somebody, probably on BPL, informed me ozone is the killer of rubber bands. I also have a dry suit that has latex booties , wrist and neck gaskets and research showed the same kills them. Some recommend aerospace 303 protectant and it might also work on rubber bands. I personally switch out rubber bands now and then on my gear and keep a few extra in my ziplock dirty bag. More than anything I try to eliminate things I really don’t need. I’m down to three stuff sacks now,one is my food bag, one my ditty bag that keeps clear ziplock of smalls safe and the third one is my backpack. Rubber bands have helped me eliminate some of the stuff sacks in my life and still stay organizedMay 4, 2021 at 8:23 am #3711413Gary DunckelBPL Member
A company called Scunci makes several sizes of silicone hair ties. They are quite strong. Some are ~ 2″ in diameter, others are ~1″, and they also make some small ones that are ~1/2″. My local Walgreen’s sold them 8-15 years ago, but I’ve not seen them for quite awhile now. You might google them and see what you can come up with. I’m glad that I stockpiled a good supply when they were available.May 4, 2021 at 8:33 am #3711415
Only on BPL could people find so much to talk about the lowly rubber bandMay 5, 2021 at 11:37 am #3711566Gary DunckelBPL Member
Wait a minute, Mark, Scunci hair ties are not at all lowly rubber bands. They are the bee’s knees, they look cool (lots of colors to choose from), and they will garner high respect from the camp squirrels that might frequent your tent site. And of course squirrel respect is highly desirable.May 6, 2021 at 6:06 am #3711623
Gary I hope I can find this thread and your posts in five years or so when my lowly rubber bands are all gone cause you sold me and I’m excited!! But there is one more thing that I’m sure everybody wants to know, what do they weigh? I’m sure they are gonna push my base weight to an unacceptable level. Squirrel respect be damnedMay 6, 2021 at 6:24 am #3711626
Also I stayed awake all last night thinking about how to weigh and rate rubber and silicon bands to get an accurate comparison as there really is a lot hear to think about more than just weight like compression strength, break strength. relaxed circumference and maximum stretched circumference. If there is anything I’m missing I hope everyone will chime in here. Those with science and engineering back grounds I’m sure will have a keen interest in thisMay 6, 2021 at 7:39 am #3711628Bob .BPL Member
@bcbobLocale: Vancouver Island
I bought a pack of rubber bands at the Dollar store. They’re good quality, better than the random ones attached to veggies. UV light and heat destroy rubber bands so I just replace them when they show any deterioration.May 6, 2021 at 8:06 am #3711630David GardnerBPL Member
@gearmakerLocale: Northern California
Wait, haven’t you all seen those new UMWRB’s recently developed by a Belgian chemical company for industrial use? They weigh only 1/10 as much, are 20x as strong, and they’re unaffected by UV or heat. Yeah, $15 each, but supposedly they last awhile. Currently on back order.
Apologize for posting this 36 days late.
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