Sunday, October 16, 2011

New life for old bike parts

Gina picked these tubes up from a local bike shop that had stopped carrying Cannondale. The tubing was used to show the different colors for some model year. My understanding is all they were good for was falling over and making a racket. Now they can just hang around and look nice.

The wheel came off an old rusted to death Huffy, and the whole thing turns around the axle. Other materials include some old chains, 1/8" and 3/16" rolled steel and a piece of 3/16" plate. Now I'm trying to find appropriate old junk parts to make wind cups with so it will spin with the wind. Maybe a couple of old saddles would work.

1 comment:

  1. You should look for some more of these, attach them in between the existing ones so they will strike each other when the wind blows, and make a giant windchime out of it, to add to the famous Gina Backyard Windchime Collection & Museum. (Unless, of course, the sound they make is more of a clunk than a tinkle.)

    You could also move them closer to the middle of the wheel and accomplish the same thing, though of course it might be difficult to attach them to the spokes and keep them from sliding without doing some soldering.

    Either way, I like how you think, because it looks pretty doggone cool.