Old Bicycle Parts Live on as New Household Goods

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Ever stop to think about what happens to bicycles once they’ve outlived their usefulness?  Hopefully, they’re not headed to the landfill.  Some innovative entrepreneurs have found a cool, creative outlet using discarded bike parts.  Not only does this keep these materials out of landfills, but it also saves energy and resources when creating “new” items. These unique craftspeople accept used bicycle parts, so if your old bike isn’t even suitable for donating and appears ready for the scrap pile, please contact one of the companies below.

  • Resource Revival, an Oregon-based small business, crafts old bicycle parts into picture frames, clocks (pictured here), CD racks, tea light holders, bowls, bottle openers, and key chains.
  • Bike Furniture Design, out of Marquette, Michigan, creates distinctive tables, chairs, accessories, bar stools, and other seating from bicycle rims, frames, handlebars, and even the innertubes.
  • The Bicycle Inter Community Action and Salvage (BICAS), of Phoenix, Arizona, collects parts and provide bicycles for people who cannot afford to buy a bike.  Currently, they’re also collecting bicycle clothing and accessories in addition to almost all bike parts.
  • Re-Cycled Accessories, a British Columbia, Canada family-owned company, will dazzle you with its jewelry and belt buckles made from used (SRAM or Shimano) chains, spokes, cogs, shifter cables and wheel bearings.
  • Recycled Bike Art, out of Freeport, Maine, creates stained glass clocks, framed art & awards, mosaic coasters, jewelry and belt buckles.

Tag(s): Gift Ideas, Green Furnishings, Reclaimed Materials, Recycling


One Response to “Old Bicycle Parts Live on as New Household Goods”

  1. Dave Green on August 3rd, 2009 12:05 pm

    Another company that is making good out of old inner tubes is ReRides in Boise, Idaho with a line of bags of all kinds made from tubes! ReRides has a eco-friendly special washing that cleans them up and then local crafts folk sew them into functional, fun and even decorated bags – and $1 from each bag goes to Cans for Cures. http://www.reridesbags.com


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