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Old 03-26-11, 06:12 PM
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Creative uses for old chain

Just replaced my chain today and was wondering what to do with the old chain. Any suggestions for a creative use of the old chain or should I just let the dumpster divers have it?
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Old 03-26-11, 06:54 PM
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You can do lots of stuff with old chains.

Art
bracelets
jewelry
chain whips
hangers
bottle openers

Just depends on your creativity and skill set.

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Originally Posted by hairychinchin View Post
Just replaced my chain today and was wondering what to do with the old chain. Any suggestions for a creative use of the old chain or should I just let the dumpster divers have it?
With luck, your local shop knows about this: https://www.resourcerevival.com/recycling

Where old chain is turned into new art:



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You can use a couple of links to make a bicycling trinket to carry around in your pocket - bike worry beads, you could say.
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There's a woman here (in Reno) who makes jewelry and knickknacks from old bike stuff to sell at flea markets. I haven't seen her for awhile, but she charges $14, I think it was, for a slip-on bracelet made from an old chain. Pins in shell shapes, from coiled chain, were $10 or $12. I imagine the market is fairly limited, since anybody serious enough to want one probably has a chainbreaker and will think, "Hey, I could do that in about nine seconds." She also made a couple of alleged stools from old frames, pretty much just pulled off the forks and put on take-off bin saddles, but they were really ugly and fell over.
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I have used them to secure saddles, put them inside an old inner tube, run them around a seat stay and up over the saddle rails, then pinned them back together. Other than that mine go into the steel recycling bin.

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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
You can use a couple of links to make a bicycling trinket to carry around in your pocket - bike worry beads, you could say.
Never heard of that before.
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Never heard of that before.
I probably owe you royalties on that. Please don't sic lawyers on me for copyright infringement.
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We need a thread where every poster has a bike parts avatar.
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We need a thread where every poster has a bike parts avatar.
No we don't.
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We used to make them into bracelets in college, but they're really pretty uncomfortable to wear. Especially if you spend much time typing on a computer. Steel is a little heavy for earrings unless you're trying to mutilate your lobes.

I second the vote for recycling.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
You can use a couple of links to make a bicycling trinket to carry around in your pocket - bike worry beads, you could say.
I did the same thing but made it twice as long. Endless hours of finger fun.
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Originally Posted by slipstream8 View Post
We used to make them into bracelets in college, but they're really pretty uncomfortable to wear. Especially if you spend much time typing on a computer. Steel is a little heavy for earrings unless you're trying to mutilate your lobes.

I second the vote for recycling.
Maybe use titanium chain for the earrings?

I recycle whole bikes when they reach the end of their lifespan. Recently I have been getting ~$12-15 for a big box store aluminum frame at the scrappers. Steel not nearly as much. But it gets the stuff out of the landfills and hopefully back into the useful materials stream.

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Good use for old chain by somebody who knows how to use it:
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Good use for old chain by somebody who knows how to use it:
best answer yet.
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here you go:

clock
lamp
christmas
necklace
chair
bowl
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Since everyone likes old threads

I just blew out another chain. I think it was only about 4 months of use I should pay more attention to mid-winter riding

So, any new suggestions for chain art? What's your favorite project?

I did also find this thread, and a few unique items on the
I don't have quite enough chain saved up to do some of these larger sculptures (unless I find a shop to donate discards). Nor quite enough creativity for some... but I can do a bit. I just need some inspiration.

So, what's your favorite chain art projects?
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That looks nice, i might copy that idea.
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Since everyone likes old threads

I just blew out another chain. I think it was only about 4 months of use I should pay more attention to mid-winter riding

So, any new suggestions for chain art? What's your favorite project?

I did also find this thread, and a few unique items on the
I don't have quite enough chain saved up to do some of these larger sculptures (unless I find a shop to donate discards). Nor quite enough creativity for some... but I can do a bit. I just need some inspiration.

So, what's your favorite chain art projects?
Wow, 4 months! That is some serious riding.
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I have one of these belt buckles. Requires a welder of some sort.
This version has a recycled tire too.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Maybe use titanium chain for the earrings?

I recycle whole bikes when they reach the end of their lifespan. Recently I have been getting ~$12-15 for a big box store aluminum frame at the scrappers. Steel not nearly as much. But it gets the stuff out of the landfills and hopefully back into the useful materials stream.

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If the chain is nice looking, you can accumulate a bunch, add some specialized hardware and build a shelf system that hangs from the ceiling. For the shelves themselves you can use wood or glass depending on the look you want to go for.
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Drop it down the seatpost to make the UCI weight minimum

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I used a piece of old chain to make a chain whip to take off cassettes. Was simple to do and cheaper than buying one.
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