(This hack was featured in the front page of instructables.com)
I love trouser straps, they are one of the most important accessories of my bicycle life. I’ve bought several types over the years but I’ve never really found one that is tough for everyday use and convenient enough at the same time. So, I ‘ve sat down and designed one myself. Using again scrap materials. I ‘ve designed it having 3 objectives in my head a) It should be classy and neat b) It should be made out of wasted materials c) It should be easy to strap on and off d) it should fit everywhere after you use it and e) It should be easy to make.
I’ve come up with a design that looks very nice and it works better than anything I’ve used before. It ticks all the above objective boxes. actually it exceeds all my expectations. Here how it looks:
What you are going to need:
- A piece from an old belt (or a piece from an old jean or even a peace from a plastic container)
- An old inner tube
- Sewing materials OR Eyelets
- A piece of wire
You begin by cutting the belt in the appropriate length (See how much it takes to go around your leg and then subtract 5cm or so). Make some holes on it if it doesnt have already. Then using a razor, cut a little rectangle so the piece of tube can slide through (I shouldn’t make it that thick). Sew it on the end or use an eyelet as I did in mine.
Do the same for the other end. Take the wire now and make a shape as the one you see in the pic. Open it and make it slide through the end loop. With the help of pliers make it fit nicely into the loop and then make a little hook out of it. Make sure the hook angle is NOT so acute as mine, so you can unhook it easier.
You are ready! Using the pinching technique shown above you can easily unhook it.
You can leave it on your bike. It looks cool:
Also wear it on your wrist! It could be a fashionable leather bracelet!!