What better way to reincarnate a treasured tyre once the miles finally take their toll than as an extremely durable, nay practical belt. Aside from doing a fine job of holding the civvies up, they’re a chic, fun way of promoting recycling and an ideal stocking filler for that cyclist who has just about everything. However, with a bit of effort, rivet gun and belt buckle you could easily make your own.
Made in the UK from redundant tyres collected from London bike shops, velo:re wash, cut and fashion them into very fetching belts. There’s a choice of three designs knobbly, slick and semi-slick and three widths (although bespoke options are available: just send them your cherished tyre, detail the style of buckle and they’ll do the rest). There’s ample length to navigate most waists between 28-38 inches and they look stylish securing slacks, jeans-especially cut downs and/or three quarter length messenger knickers. If you need a few more holes you could always add some with a bradawl. Despite some initial scepticism, it didn’t compress the innards even hunched over the drops. Being thicker than cowhide, ours felt a little restrictive to begin with but this is soon forgotten once the belt softens up a bit.
Thirty five quid might sound to the cynic like (excuse the pun) money for old tyre but when you consider these have an extremely low carbon footprint as they’re made here, will outlast leather belts and don't require any animals to get it, they start looking decent value.
Stylish durable belts that makes a great present for the cyclist with everything
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Make and model: velo:re tyre belt
Size tested: Schwalbe 16x1.375
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Being a belt made from recycled tyres arguably it is very popular amongst members of the fixer community but something cyclists everywhere will appreciate-especially those concerned about the envioronment.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made in Brixton from tyres reclaimed from cycle shops, the tread is cleaned and cut into strips before being fashioned into a belt. There's a choice of three designs and two different buckle types, although they will reincarnate a much loved tyre for the last word in bespoke tailoring.
180g as tested.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Re-Velo does everything a good belt should, making a style statement into the bargain. Good with most civvies and 3/4 length knickers it lacks the supple characteristics of those formed from cow-hide but by the same token doesn't encroach either.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A great style statement and a proves recycling can be cool and practical in the same breath.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)