Each belt is chosen for its condition, tread pattern and overall suitability for a belt. The (wire or kevlar) bead is removed, and the belt is hand-cut along the tread providing a desirable width and tread exposure for the belt. It's then cleaned by hand, a buckle selected and installed with a keeper. Finally the end is trimmed to length and the holes punched. It's a fairly involved process.
How to Choose a Belt
It would be ideal for you to be able to see, feel and try on our belts for size. If you are close to one of the shops listed below you can do just that. They have a selection of belts in stock. If not, here is how to choose a belt:
The size noted in the pictures is the actual length of the belt from buckle to tip of belts. It is NOT the waist or paint size that it fits. I suggest you measure your desired size of belt by threading a cloth measuring tape through the belt loops of you favourite pair of jeans as you would with a belt and determine the length needed with some excess. If the length you need is at or below (by a few inches) the total length shown in the picture it will fit.
These are the shops that stock our belts. Buying from small business is the way to go. They are fine folks offering a curated selection of very fine goods. I hear they have better customer service too :)
I get great joy out of making something once destined for the landfill. When I started making belts, bicycle tires were not being recycled (like auto tires are) and were landfill waste. Since that time Divert NShas developed a program to collect and recycle bicycle tires in partnership with the Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation (TRACC) in Minto, New Brunswick. The valve stems are sold as brass scrap, and the tires and tubes are recycled into new molded rubber products, like cow mats. (Divert NS, 2022)