Tire Socks

What is tire socks? Well tire socks are an easy affordable way we have found to preserve the life of the jumping stilts rubber hoof. Consider this, after say a months use(5 hours a week average) your hoof wears through it's rubber and you must replace it. Buying a new hoof costs around 15-38 dollars to replace depending on your brand and model, plus you have to put time in taking the stilt apart (Newer Powerstrider stilts feature screw on hooves. Which no longer requires the hoof assembly to be detached from the spring.) to install the new one.

Now consider spending 12-18 dollars on a bike tire, 4 dollars on house clamps or about the same on zip ties. Cut the tire in half, wrap it around the hoof and secure with clamps or zipties. Now a month or so later, you wear through the tire and not your hoof. Replace the tire and not your hoof!

We find that regular bike tires made for ROAD use works best. First off our early members bought BMX tires thinking that they'd handle abuse more. But quickly found out they wore down after two weeks of regular use(5 plus hours a week). Road tires seem better equip to handling pavement. Which is where you'll most likely be bocking. So far on average we make it a full month on one side with just a sign of wear on them.

We recommend buying an 22 inch regular road tire. Which can be found at your local bike shop, wal-mart or someplace similar. For this write up our tire only cost us 12 dollars.You'll also need a roll of tape, Zip Ties or Hose Clamps.

Now to do the mod. Take the tire and cut it in half, then those pieces in half. With your tire portion. Wrap it around your hoof as tight as possible. Hold it steady, and take one zip tie (or hose clamp) around the portion of the stilt closest to the hoof but not actually on the hoof. Pull (or clamp) it down tight, take another one a couple inches above that.Repeat, basically until you can't move either anymore. While you do this, insure you have the tire as tight as possible against the bottom of the hoof. It should move barely at all. This may require you to constantly yank and pull at it during the zipping or clamping process. But trust me it's worth the stability.

If you're using zip ties be sure to cut the extra bits off before going on to the next steps.

Now take your tape and wrap it around the zip ties or hose clamps. Do it as tight as you can, to help the clamps or ties out. But really the main goal here is to keep the lose bits from bouncing around and hurting you or your bocks.

Some have asked us which is better. Hose Clamps or Zipties to secure their tire socks. Hose clamps are stronger by can sometimes scratch your frame. Zip ties can hold just as well if you use enough of them. But can sometimes break. Take your pick. We recommend trying out both to see what works for you.