Sometimes science leads you on a journey. Sometimes that journey is a couple miles down the road and back on a tire made completely out of rubber bands.
As part of Orion Dajnowicz's challenge to see what materials will work as a tire (such as bubble wrap or duct tape, natch), the crew decided to test something that's at least actually made from rubber: rubber bands.
The experiment was trouble from the start. After visiting multiple stores to collect a few thousand rubber bands, Dajnowicz and crew realized that the bands were too small to fit the rim. Then they hit on a method of daisy-chaining the rubber bands together in a style that isn't too far away from cord. They loop the bands around the rim to build up a "tire," only to realize that the rubber band tire isn't thick enough to keep the rim off the ground when mounted on a car.
At about the 7-minute mark, they get a smaller rim to work with, and recoil the thousands of rubber bands back on. With the smaller size, the tire fills out past the edge and actually seems to build a little bit of a sidewall. But the real test is at about 8:30, when they mount the new tire onto a car and take it for a spin.