gears to gadgets:
old bike parts get new life

Recycled Bike Parts

From jewelry to furnishing and home décor, upcycling has come out of the world of the thrift-conscious and into the mainstream. It’s a good thing for savvy folks looking for creative, often one-of-a-kind pieces, and it’s a great thing for the environment. Every upcycled item is one less thing heading to a landfill.

Take an already eco-friendly thing like a bicycle, when it’s past its prime, what do you do with it? You can sell it, trade it in, disassemble it into component parts to build a new bike, or… well… you can turn the parts of a bike that’s too far gone for all of that into something really cool.Andy Gregg at Bike Furniture Design takes old bicycle parts and transforms them into furniture with a modern-industrial design. But you don’t have to go all out with a large piece of furniture made from upcycled bike parts to get the look. It’s easy to do with smaller pieces and accents as well.

Bicycle chains have an intrinsic industrial beauty, channeling stopped motion with clean lines and repetitive links. The chains can be turned into industrial-chic home décor items like picture frames or a striking, statement-making piece like a chain bowl.

Chains aren’t the only bike parts coming to the upcycled chic décor party. Sprockets and gears find new life as cool clocks, and inner tubes are finding their way into hip messenger bags.

No matter which way you look at it, old bicycle parts transform into some pretty stylish, and useful, things with a little creative thought and design.

Your home doesn’t have to be decorated like a garage to take advantage of these items. Small elements like a chain frame or bowl would be at home in almost any modern décor, and could look equally at home in a vintage-inspired environment where the silvery tones would echo the chrome highlights common in bygone eras. Adding statement pieces can bring some much-wanted punch to an otherwise ho-hum room.

Upcycling bicycle bits isn’t a new concept, but it’s definitely changed in recent years. What used to be an act of frugality has become an eco-conscious and stylish choice. Bicycle décor has grown up and it’s no longer relegated to dorm rooms and garage apartments.

Today’s upcycled bicycle décor is hot and stylish with a feel that’s edgy, but upscale – it’s urban-industrial meets eco-chic .

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