I'd try cutting chunks out of a used mountain bike tire. Wrap them around the
wheel, cut them a fraction short, then stich them on using baling wire, probably
on the sides where the wire won't wear. Twist the wire tight to make them snug.
The tire bead may be the strongest place to wire them.
I finally got around to this project. I thought I'd post the results, in
case anyone cares...
I could not find an inner tube with the right diameter. I bought one
from a local auto parts store, but it was way too small. I am not strong
enough to stretch it over the wheels.
Next, I went to the local hardware store looking for padded tape,
weather stripping, rubber strips, etc. I ended up buying a roll of
runner garage door sealer and a roll of Gorilla tape. The garage door
sealer is what gets nailed to the bottom of garage doors to form a seal.
The Gorilla tape is fairly thick, so I first tried wrapping the wheels
with just that. One wrapping cut the noise by 30-40%. Not bad. I put on
2 more wraps (3 total), which reduced the noise by about 50-60%. Not
quiet, but much better. And this was with an empty bin. They are much
quieter when full. The heavier they are the quieter they roll.
One the second bin, I cut a length of the garage door sealer and taped
it to the wheels with the Gorilla tape. This was at least as effective
as the Gorilla tape alone. But the rubber strip was too wide (almost
3"), so I took it off, cut it down to about 1.5" and retaped it.
One the last bin, I applied the rubber sealer and an extra wrap or
Gorilla tape. This combination cuts the noise by about 60-70%.
After playing with it a bit, I realized that the noise is not just from
the wheels bouncing along on the pavers. There is a lot of noise from
the axle and bearings. So even if I had low pressure air tires, there
would still be some noise.
Anyway, this solution is fairly cheap and reasonably quick and it does a
Thanks for all of the suggestions.
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