Because I was an accident-prone kid, my bike went mostly unused over the years. However, I had no idea there were so many creative options for ways to repurposeold bicycles mine simply collected dust and ultimately found itsway to the side of the road on trash day.
After looking at the projects listed below, though, I’m tempted to head to a bike shop and find whatever scraps they might have to offer on discount for my own craft. You might not think the humble mode of transportation has that many options for repurposing, but you just need a little imagination.
Have you ever taken apart a rusty old bike and given it anew life? Did we miss any amazing ideas you’ve seen others do?
Take a look at the ways to reuse old bicycle parts that other folks have tried, and let us know your own ideas in the comments!
And don’t forget to SHARE with your friends!
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1. Basketball Hoop
After taking the bike apart, Instructables useruptimal used hose clamps to keep this genius basketball hoop in place.
2. Braided Tube Bracelet
Instructables userJ@50n tore into the wheels of their bike to get to the tubing found inside, then used the material to braid a sturdy bracelet. It’s a pretty close match for similar leather options!
3. Tire Dome
This impressive sculpture uses only ordinary zip ties and gravity to keep its dome shape. Instructables usermaximus used 40 broken tires for the project, all purchased at a discount from bike shops.
4. Gear Earrings
These clever earrings couldn’t be easier! Instructables user lauritacorazon simply used pliers, two different sizes of jump rings, and an earring hook to pull it off. You can totally get even more imaginative with more gears and longer designs!
5. Tube Elephants
You need some basic sewing skills for this project by Instructables usermhj1, but you can’t deny that the adorable result is totally worth it! Just be sure to wash the tubing with soap and water before getting started.
6. Frame Hose Rack
Instructables usersleepy120used therear section of a 26-inch bicycle to create the perfect solution to a tangled-up garden hose.
7. Gear Bracelet
If you’d like tohave a dash of chrome on your wrist, you can follow Instructables userWolfbane221‘s idea of weaving strips of leather through the bike’s gears.
8. Wheel Lamps
You might want to invest in a few power tools for this project from blogger makjosher. He mounted the 26-inch mountain-bike wheels with screws, then added the string of LED lights before hanging the project up on the wall.
9. Brake-Disc Clock
Instructables user SerJ took apart a cheap wall clock and reattached the hands to the brake disc. They then used two large screws to stabilize it on surfaces.
10. Tire Porch Screen
This whimsical spin on porch lattices or screens by Instructables userJUDets is connected with steel wire and they used the bikes’ chains to secure them to the ceiling and fence. They also gave it an extra dash of cuteness by adding hooks of beads and sea glass around the spokes!
Have you done something creative with any of your old bikes? Let us know below, and be sure to SHARE with your friends!
Read more: https://www.littlethings.com/reuse-old-bicycle/