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« on: December 02, 2006 11:43:11 PM »

How would I go aboput making something like this? it doesnt have to be exact. Just the basic idea.

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006 12:37:59 AM »

I guess you could lay it on the table and put a lot of invisible glue on it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006 12:55:32 AM »

wow that's neat!

what's the hindrance from just glueing it to a pre-exsisting frame? like a metal one, so if any parts showed through it wouldn't be obvious.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006 05:00:13 AM »

like a metal one, so if any parts showed through it wouldn't be obvious.

or just paint a cheap wooden one black/grey?
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2006 09:23:18 AM »

You'd probably need to get a bike chain repair kit because you'll be using less than a whole chain for each round and you'll need to attach the links. Depending on how the chain separates in the first place (if you can do it without breaking the chain), you might not need the kit.

Then...a good strong glue should do it on a cheap wooden frame (unless you can weld- then you could weld it to a cheap metal frame!!  Grin ).
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2006 11:41:31 AM »

yeah...i was thinking about going with just a cheap wooden frame. painting it grey or black would be cool i was gonna paint the frame green and purple but that might look tacky with the chain? pshh i so wish i could weld haha that would be the coolest.

and where could i get a kit just at any bike store? and about how much do they go for?

im making this as a part of a christmas gift for my boyfriend. hes so attatched to his bike. i sware sometimes i think he likes it more than me. but um yeah the frames go for about 40$ which i would rather spend on something else for him. not that its not worth it. But hes not gonna carry a frame around with him everywhere sooo yea.

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2006 04:19:49 PM »

I don't think the chain repair kits are too expensive (waaaaaay less than $40  Wink ). It isn't anything fancy- just a couple of link connectors and pins, I think.

I've never broken a chain and needed to repair it, so I don't know how easy it is. But, again, if you can take it apart carefully, you might not need the kit. It seems that chains usually get broken on the road, and little bits and pieces are lost. If you break it in the comfort of your kitchen  Grin then you might be able to salvage the little bits.

And, any bike repair shop should have it (they might even be able to tell you how to take the chain apart in the first place!) or, if you don't have a decent one, then a department store will have them (I don't know where you live but K-mart, Benny's and, as much as I hate the place, Wal-Mart should all have them).
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007 12:47:01 AM »

From previous experience, it's a pain (and usually does work) to glue heavy metal pieces together. They always separate and I have done a good amount of gluing, so I can pretty safely tell you this.   I would suggest that you use thin metal wire or perhaps a thick fishing line to attach the two chain lengths together.  You could drill holes in a wood frame then weave the wire/line through these holes.  You could also nail straight into the bike chain with thin nails.  That may be your best bet.  It would look industrial and not change the aesthetic.  I want to see what you end up doing with this!  It's a neat project.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007 11:45:36 AM »

Chain tools cost less than $20 but I would suggest you go to your local bike shop and ask if they have old broken ones. I'm sure they do. You'll have to clean them with degreaser to get it un-yucky but at least then you won't be buying a tool that you'll never use again (unless you have a bike?)

And the wire suggestion is good. I don't think glue will do it. Those suckers are heavy.
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