In these days of mass production and unimaginative merchandise that is cast from the same mold, there are companies out there producing unique and special items, made by hand. Buck!t Belts is one such company.
Where a company like Buck!t differs from your regular belt or watch band manufacturer is that, instead of taking the hide from an animal, they procure items that would normally be thrown into landfill. In this case, used bicycle tires…
Buck!t co-owner Craig takes a used bicycle tire, typically donated to him, which he re-cycles, or up-cycles if you prefer, and crafts into a beautiful yet functional belt.
Buck!t Belts is owned by Craig and Jamaica, who run their eco-business based out of Adelaide, South Australia, home to the Tour Down Under. Buck!t’s product line consists of Belts, Wrist-Belts, Watch-Belts and Earrings.
I love hand made items, especially if they’re constructed from recycled bike parts and supplies, so I found these pretty interesting. My interest increased when Craig said he could manufacture a “Watch-Belt” utilizing a Vittoria Open Corsa CX tire. Then, when he said he had a couple of Vittoria Open Pave tires laying around waiting to be used, I was really interested.
The finished product, 1 x Vittoria Open Pave tire watch-belt attached to a Pebble watch. Love it! Craig and Jamaica ship outside of Australia, so no worries if you’re not local. Check out my Watch-Belt review over at Gravel Cyclist.