These days, a lot of riders find it’s a lot less hassle to simply buy a new inner tube than to repair a punctured one. Which is all well and good, but what happens to your old tube?
If you’ve just been throwing away your old tubes, then stop!
We’ve found a great home for them – the Cycle of Good charity, which sends them to Malawi where they create quality handcrafted goods using recycled materials (like your old inner tubes) by training tailors in the world’s poorest places so they can earn a decent living. You can see their products and buy them here.
All money made by Cycle of Good pays for childcare and non-profit social enterprise in Malawi. That’s why it’s called the Cycle of Good!
Any size bike tubes are ok – from mountain bikes, road bikes, kids’ bikes, whatever. Tubes that have patches on are fine too. They only type of tube they don’t take are ones filled with sealant – it’s just too messy, unfortunately.
You can send them your tubes via the instructions on the Cycle of Good website, drop them in to a branch of Cycle Surgery, or you can bring them along to one of our club nights where we’ll batch them up and send them off for you.