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Old 01-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
David Hanson
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DIY Floss Bands

For those on the budget:

Make your own floss bands with a single bicycle inner-tube. Generated will be 2 floss bands 2.5 feet long and about two inches wide.

No pics included but it is simple enough. You DIY extraordinaires will need a pair of good scissors, a sink, dish soap.

1. Acquire one 29x1.9-2.3 inch mountain bike tube. This width is variable, so 1.9 at a minimum. A reputable local bike shop will have them nearby their tubes and tires. I got mine for $10. If I wasn't in a "gotta-get-it-now!" mindset I would have gone to SFW http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400232__400232 SFW.

2. Cut the valve out. There will be a visible patch where the valve was glued/pressed on. Don't cut around the valve, cut the entire tube as if you were cutting out a piece of bad hose. Prepare for a talc-like powder to fall out. You will have a tube with two open ends.

3. Identify a seam running the length of the tube. Use the good scissors to cut along the seam. Cut does not need to be perfect. You will have a wide strap of rubber just under 29" inches long.

4. Fold the tube length wise (taco style!) to identify middle line. There ought to be a seam nearby to base your cut. Use the good scissors to cut along seam/imaginary line. Cut does not need to be perfect. You will now have two lengths of rubber strap. Congratulate yourself, the tough part is done.

5. You can wash the tube with soap and water at any point during this process. I washed the tube after I split it (Step 3). You are now one step closer to being a supple leopard.

Use floss straps for mobility and stabilization exercises. You'll get funny looks from those unfamiliar and "the nod" from those who are. It's not a seven foot length you can buy off a website but it will get you by, quite well, if you're interested in compression tacking. I've used the ones I made daily for the past month now. Maybe some small micro tears but function is the same. All the best!
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Re: DIY Floss Bands

Thanks for the post. I often thought about buying some bands but never did. I think I still have an old tube lying around somewhere....I'll give the DIY approach a whirl and see how it works.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
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Re: DIY Floss Bands

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For those on the budget:

Make your own floss bands with a single bicycle inner-tube. Generated will be 2 floss bands 2.5 feet long and about two inches wide.

3. Identify a seam running the length of the tube. Use the good scissors to cut along the seam. Cut does not need to be perfect. You will have a wide strap of rubber just under 29" inches long.

Actual length of each floss band will be ~7.5'. Math failed to make itself known.

29" Tube and it's a circle!

29x3.14=~92"
92/12 =~7.5'

So there.
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