Bike Inner Tubes Put in Garbage Cart/Bin Ways to Reduce Patch Small Punctures If your bike inner tube is punctured and the hole is small enough, try patching it before throwing it out. The Global Cycling Network has an easy-to-follow video on how to patch holes in an inner tube. Ways to Reuse Use as Protective Covers You can use your bike inner tube as a slip-resistant cover on the handle of a tool, or as a protective cover on a chain or rope, like those found on swing sets. Make a Door Draft Stopper Turn your bike inner tube into a draft stopper to place under a door. Cut a length of tube that’s a little longer than the door’s width, fill it with sand, and seal the edges.