Ever wonder what to do with your old bike and it’s parts? Here are some wonderful ideas that I have found.
This is from a great site called Earth911 and can be found on Earth911.com. They said that “Bicycle recycling is nothing new. But a Guatemalan nonprofit is turning trashed bicycle parts into innovative, electricity-free machines that you have to see to believe.” What a wonderful way to help the earth and help people. Here is the blog article on it. http://earth911.com/news/2012/02/28/video-amazing-recycled-guatemalan-bicycle-machines/
I got this great photo above from their facebook site https://www.facebook.com/Earth911 On their website http://www.earth911.com they have amazing information on recycling and more. A great site to go and check out.
One of my favorite local places is called the Ogden Bicycle Collective. This picture is from their facebook site https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ogden-Bicycle-Collective
They are located at 2404 Wall St. Ogden, UT 84401 and their hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 pm or Saturday from 10 to 2. Their mission statement on their website ( http://www.bicyclecollective.org/) is:
The mission of the Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households.
Here is another picture from their website of their building so if you go to find it you know what to look for:
I have found them awesome to work with. They are so nice in person and on the phone! They have let me recycle and reuse old tire spokes to help my creation of bike rear view mirrors. They are also going to let me use old beat up tires to create some wonderful wind chimes at the up coming Earth Well Festival in the kids activity area. So they are helping people to make bikes and helping to recycle….they ROCK!
This is a great shop on Etsy called ReCycled Artwerks that Recyles bike parts also: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ReCycledArtwerks?ref=pr_shop_more
His information on Etsy says “I’m a part time bike wrench for Rasmussen Bike Shop doing my part in recycling our shops old parts. Turning them into unique pieces one at a time. Contact me for custom trophies for your bike race! Check out ReCycled Artwerks on Facebook now!”. He is a very nice guy with a great story to go along with his amazing creations! Here are some of my favorite that you can go and buy from him:
Another great idea on how to use the power from your bike to be able to charge your cell phone, ipod etc… This is awesome use of bike riding. You can find this great article and picture below here: http://www.ecofriend.com/entry/eco-tech-recycle-bike-mounted-renewable-energy-generator/
As an added bonus to this site it has loads of amazing things to read about being Eco Friendly. You should check them out: http://www.ecofriend.com They have do it yourself projects, solar, agriculture, technology, transportation and more ideas. Well worth going to this site!
Here is another great art piece (Christmas Tree) made out of Recycled tire wheels:
This photo was taken from http://inhabitat.com/recycled-christmas-tree-made-of-bike-wheels/. What a wonderful way to recycle, create art and promote bike riding. This tree was designed by ” Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, the tree is a very fitting symbol of sustainability on a worldwide scale – especially since the wheels making up the design are borrowed from U.K. charity Re-Cycle which collects recyclable bike parts to restore old bicycles and ships them to Africa to be used for transportation by local people and health workers fighting the AIDS epidemic.”
You can find out more about this great site on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Inhabitat or on their website at http://inhabitat.com. Their site is full of amazing information on architecture, fashion, art, kids, technology, products, interiors, energy and more. They have great pictures and information.
Please remember that this is just the tiny tip of the iceberg when it comes to thinking of wonderful ideas for bikes because there are a million of them out there if you take a look. So go and explore and let us know what you find…..
- On your bike (johnlewis.com)
- Ask Umbra: What should I do with my old bike helmet? (grist.org)