Cycle Dog Turns Discarded Tubes Into Dog Accessories

Aug 23, 2019
by Sarah Lukas  
Emmy showing off her new Pinkbike branded collar and leash.


Dogs and bikes. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. Mike Levy and Tim Horton's. At the Pinkbike World Headquarters it didn't take long for us to decide we needed to include our woofers in on some of the Pinkbike and Trailforks merch. We knew right away that we wanted to work with Cycle Dog out of Portland, Oregon on our little project. You may have seen a sneak peek at Crankworx.

Cycle Dog’s goal to create the world’s best dog products with a focus on the environment piqued our interest. Reclaiming hundreds of thousands of discarded inner tubes, they've been able to hand sew leashes, collars, bowls, and toys right in Portland. Pinkbike and Trailforks Cycle Dog collars, leashes, and travel bowls are now available in the Pinkbike shop. Learn more about Cycle Dog's story below.


Millions of tubes are produced every day for the bike industry, leaving lots to head straight to landfills. Cycle Dog repurposes these tubes into leashes, collars, bowls, and more.


About 10 years ago, Cycle Dog owners Paul and Lanette Fidrych were not only avid mountain bikers, but spending a lot of time commuting to Nike daily in Portland. It was inevitable that there were going to be some punctures happening, and a lot of tubes being used. After collecting their damaged tubes in their basement, and introducing a new puppy, Regan, to the family, Lanette decided to repurpose the tubes and make dog leashes.

"Well, the first versions didn’t work well," Paul told me. "They stretched and eventually snapped, leaving Regan running loose. [Lanette] snuck into the Nike sewing sample rooms after hours, improved the design and process using commercial machines. The new designs worked great! She made them for friends and family, who loved them. Cycle Dog was born. We quickly learned that inner tube rubber does not allow bacteria to grow, so collars and leashes won’t get stinky. We collected tubes wherever we could get them. All local shops in Oregon and southern Washington, REI, Trek, Specialized, the Whistler Bike Park. With all these tubes came more products. We use mountain tubes for our Trail Buddy Bowls, we use road tubes for leashes and collars. We use odd sized tubes in our toys to make them fun and stretchy."


We had both Pinkbike and Trailforks products made for the special fur babies in our life, but Cycle Dog does lots of other custom work.


After Lanette had made leashes and collars for friends and family, she began selling at Portland's Saturday Market where she sold out in the first day. This passion project allowed her to quit her corporate job, and pursue a career with woofers as a full-time gig. The story gets more interesting when Paul broke down the manufacturing process to me as I stuffed my face with Skittles at Crankworx. I hadn't thought much about it, as it seems pretty straight forward. Take a tube, grab a sewing machine, add a clasp. Boom. Done. Paul set me straight.


Cycle Dog hand sews their products right in Portland, Oregon.


"Bike tubes are very difficult to be recycled because they are vulcanized. Mostly all inner tubes go into the landfill, even if they are sent to a facility for recycling. We have learned from industry sources that approximately 3 million tubes a day are produced. When we pick up tubes from shops, it is a very manual operation. The tubes are usually mixed with trash, rim tape and a layer of slime. Each tube has to be cleaned by hand, measured for width, then cut to length into usable strips. In the long run, it would be much easier to do things differently, but we are committed to helping keep these tubes out of landfills!"


Recently, Cycle Dog had expanded their sewing facility and warehouse, and opened a showroom in downtown Portland.


Cycle Dog will also be opening a dog friendly taproom with indoor and outdoor dog park in September. Stop in for a beer and doggie play session.

"Cycle Dog has evolved quite a bit since the early days. With a factory showroom in downtown Portland, Cycle Dog employees still collect inner tubes from most shops in the area. A sewing team sews collars and leashes, but the line has grown to include beds, toys, travel bowls, and accessories. If you are in Portland, please stop in to say hello. You may even see Lanette taking a seat at one of the machines, a rarity these days, but you might get lucky."


Habernash the English Bulldog and fur baby of two Pinkbike employees.
Habernasch is quite proud of his new Pinkbike Cycle Dog collar. He comfortably wears a size large and is 38 pounds of dense cuteness (and muscle).


In the end, Cycle Dog has saved millions of inner tubes from being left at landfills and brought them back into our lives for our fur babies (I'm sure cats can be included...) If you have a collection of tubes waiting for a purpose, or you work with a business that has a pile at the end of each week, contact Cycle Dog and they could end up in our Pinkbike and Trailforks products.


Find Pinkbike and Trailforks Cycle Dog collars, leashes, and travel bowls in the Pinkbike shop.


65 Comments

  • 53 1
 Me : meh, don't want to spend $20+ on a teeshirt
Also Me: Oh shit dog stuff, take my $$$$
  • 9 1
 Dog>myself
  • 6 0
 @eastsideride: me : ends up spending $62 on pink bike dog stuff
  • 24 5
 People still use tubes? #tubelessforlife
  • 34 1
 Fun fact: There are still more people using tubes than people running tubeless systems
  • 9 0
 @tulipanek: also fun fact : most people think we're idiots for spending $$$$ so we can have a tubeless setup - their not necessarily wrong but i couldn't ever go back to tubes
  • 7 0
 @Grmasterd: depends cuz I spent $80 on tubes in one month (not hard to do, at $8 a tube with california goat head thorns) and it cost me $60 to go tubeless and I haven't flatted in 6 months so its actually way cheaper!
  • 2 0
 @rockchomper: I do actual run tubes on my dj - the trail bikes and DH tho gotta be tubeless. And goat heads are evil AF
  • 6 5
 I still run tubes in the PNW with way less issues than when I tried tubeless. Thorns aren't really an issue in my neck of the woods and I only weigh 165#s.
  • 10 0
 yeah... I need strap a tube to my bike frame so people know I am enduro.
  • 7 0
 @millsr4: if you have more flats with tubeless than with tubes, something ain’t right!
  • 4 2
 @BiNARYBiKE: No flats just way more fuss and attention needed.
  • 1 0
 @millsr4: ah I see. Yeah, if you’re never flatting tubes than tubeless is a fuss. I spent the last ten years riding in Arizona and it was nothing but thorns and punch flats before I switched.
  • 2 0
 I get snakebite flats most of the time I use tubes on rocky trails. Rarely with tubeless.
  • 1 0
 I use both. Double the faff Smile
  • 14 0
 Are these products Ezra approved?
  • 9 0
 Came here just to make sure. Good dog Ezra
  • 3 0
 I had a collar/leash for my old border collie/husky cross. It had nice benefits. As she loved to swim. The biggest downside........even though she only wore a collar when on a walk, it turned her neck fur grey. So beware on lighter fur dogs.

It's why my current dog doesn't rock one. Being light coloured fur and all
  • 5 0
 This is very very rare and if it does occur we will replace the collar at no charge.
  • 1 0
 @Pfidy: well frig, if I knew that!!!!!
  • 6 3
 I have their leash and had a collar and poop bag pouch holder for my dog. the collar stretched out a lot and the stitching starting to come undone. Also the stitching came undone on the poop bag pouch holder.This was all within a year only.Their Customer service is horrible. I contacted them multiply times regarding this and I never got a single reply back. Never buying their stuff ever again.
  • 1 0
 All our products are guaranteed. Contact us directly at info@cycledog.com.
  • 6 1
 My wife is gonna be so mad that I bought three leashes we didn’t need while being on a budget
  • 37 2
 Buy a dog and then she can't be mad!
  • 2 0
 We've had one of their leashes and collars for going on five years now, seriously indestructible stuff. The D-ring on the collars and leashes is also a bottle opener. Dogs, bikes and beers, seems like these guys get it.
  • 3 0
 Have a Phillip's brewery collar for my dog made by these folks. Super cool product! Also made my dog alot more useful by having a bottle opener on him Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Way to go Lanette! It's been so cool to watch you grow this baby!
  • 2 0
 This stuff is so well made and the rubber contacting the dogs fur stops them smelling. Bought one of my parents dog five years ago and they still use it.
  • 7 0
 Does the dog fur stop the rubber from smelling, or the rubber stop the dog from smelling?
  • 15 0
 @maxyedor: would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck
  • 3 0
 @kookseverywhere: yes. Preferably simultaneously.
  • 7 0
 @maxyedor: Bacteria is the reason normal collars get stinky. Bacteria can't permeate butyl rubber, which is why our collars don't get stinky.
  • 1 0
 @Pfidy: How about making them so we can get our phone number printed on the collar? We seem to lose the tags our girls have every 6-12 months
  • 1 0
 @Pfidy: My dog got sprayed point blank in the face by a skunk. That stink stuck around.
But under normal use the collars are awesome, that's why I got another one.
  • 4 0
 42,50 including shipping for a leash? Reasonable, order placed!
  • 3 0
 Can we do stuff with our spent tires??! Feel bad tossing them!
  • 2 0
 fill the lower bit with plants and hang them up all around the outside of your house. your missus will love it. trust me.
  • 3 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Is your wife a Pikey or...
  • 1 0
 I used two old tires and some wood to make a kayak holder for my truck. The tires stop the kayak from being destroyed by the wood
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: But what if she goes ballistic and slaps him in square the chops, after trusting you, and taking your advice?
  • 1 0
 years ago I made a belt with a used Kenda nevegal stick-e dh. It was better as a tire than it was as a belt. Side knobs didn't allow it to slide through the tabs.
  • 1 0
 @shredright: get someone to film it
  • 3 0
 Fully expected this to be in Portland
  • 1 0
 We have a few of these leashes. Sold at Lost Cabin Brewery in South Dakota! they are pretty sweet!
  • 1 0
 I have one of the Empire BMX leashes from these guys. It is a pretty nice leash.
  • 1 0
 "They don't make them like they used to ".. Well... Unless it's a cycledog product. Seriously good stuff.
  • 1 0
 my local pet shop sells their stuff. We have bought a couple of the chew toys and the dogs have liked them!
  • 1 0
 Upcycled bike tubes are awesome.
m.facebook.com/RubberNeckersJewelry
  • 1 0
 I'd like to get the collar but it's way too thin, would need at least 3 times wider as this is useless for a sighthound
  • 1 0
 For more recycled tube stuff try www.beerbabe.co.uk I got some great frame bags for my Fatty.
  • 1 0
 I'm ordering the collar and lead (leash) for my English Bulldog after seeing Mike's bully Habernasch with one Smile
  • 1 0
 Cool idea tup
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