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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2003 11:00:50 AM »

I have used the cogs (the round spikey things) for windchimes (or mobiles for non-windy areas or out of tune cogs.)  Pick the largest ring for the top and select several smaller ones to dangle from this one.  I used fishing line to tie them.  If you are going for the windchime, make sure that the cogs sound fairly pleasant when they bang together (unless you hate your neighbors.)
 
I have also seen chairs made from pieces of the wheels.

A good degreaser should be available from a bike shop or hardware store.  Eco-friendly ones are available.

Good luck and have fun.
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2003 12:33:07 PM »

I knew of someone who used an old bikewheel to hang pots and kitchen utensils  from- he secured it to a joist in a ceiling and I believe a chain hung down and attached to 2 or 3 places on the wheel.  He had butcher type hooks that hung from the spokes and utensils hanging from that.  

Cool ideas so far!
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2003 09:05:10 PM »

I'm a cyclist and have also pondered the many uses for cast-off bike parts. Looks like y'all covered a lot of them!

I once made a cool little altar/shrine thing with two leftover cogs. I'll try to describe it...

Picture a 5" cog hanging vertically on the wall. I wired a smaller cog (~2.5") horizontally onto this so that it make a shelf for a votive candle. The gears from the smaller cog wedged nicely into the opening on the big cog. So now I've got a little L-shaped shelf.

Embellishment was next. The altar was for friends of mine who were trying to get pregnant. I had a tiny plastic baby from a Mardi Gras king cake lying around in my pile of "useful" stuff. I glued the baby into an old anchovy tin and then wired the tin to the big vertical cog. It made a cool picture frame/mandala effect. Next I added mardi-gras beads around the inside and outside of the tin to add some glitz. I hung a few beads from the candle shelf for a nice dangly effect. Finally, I used alphabet letters and a glitter pipe cleaner to make an arched "BABY" at the top of the tin.

I was so pleased with how the whole thing turned out. Now, a baby shrine may or may not be what you want to make for your honey (might send a few strong signals!) but I thought other people might find this cool.

If anyone wants pictures, feel free to e-mail me. I couldn't figure out how to upload or link to them.

Oh, and SIMPLE GREEN! This is the best darn thing I've found for degreasing yucky bike parts. You can buy it at the supermarket or any of the big discount stores. It's pretty cheap and it's environmentally friendly. The stuff works great, even if you dilute it.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2004 07:11:25 AM »

If you're looking for a good degreaser that's not super toxic, try Citra-solve. I think it might be made by the same people who made Citra-strip. I know our local bike shop uses this. It works good and smells good too!
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2004 09:14:54 AM »

Awesome ideas! I will definitely try that degreaser.... now that the holidays are over i can get back to my other projects!!
I will post pictures when I have created something cool. (hopefully that will actually happen- lots of my 'cool ideas' turn into 'not-so-cool  ideas)
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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2004 08:00:35 PM »

I say weld or salder it into a sort of sculpture.
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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2005 03:42:14 AM »

More ideas!

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_furnishings_mirrors/article/0,1793,HGTV_3432_1389157,00.html
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