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Where to find rubber shims for mounting things on bars

Mr TomMr Tom Posts: 66
edited August 2010 in The workshop
I need to find or make some rubber shims or something similar to mount a mirror and light on my bars and on a bar extender thing which goes on my basket. Does any one know where you can buy them? I was thinking of trying to make one from an inner tube but seems a pity to cut up a good tube. I've heard of people using aluminium cans to shim seatposts so could try this maybe. Any ideas?
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  • PBoPBo Posts: 2,493
    Many lights come with strips of rubber to wrap and use as shims. Id suspect LBS havd some kicking around from fitting lights onto bikes for people.
  • Depending on the thickness you need, go to you local cobbler and buy some shoe soles with minimal tread, cut them up and presto!

    I wouldn't go down the aluminium route. Rubber is more compliant, and will grip the bar/tube where alu will scratch and slip.

    The inner tube thing is always good. LBS will have loads of old knackered ones.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Yeah, we used to have a bucket with loads in! A good LBS hardly chucks owt out!
  • pastey_boypastey_boy Posts: 2,083
    cut up an old hot water bottle
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  • Mr TomMr Tom Posts: 66
    Thanks for all the advice :) Going to try a few things out tomorrow!
    Orbit Fast Tour
    Mondia 96 (Belgian 'Dutch' bike)
    Ridgeback Envoy
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