About a year ago now, I and my little boy had great plans to go cycling every day and to have fun exploring the Welsh countryside with our bikes. So I got myself a bicycle and one that attached to the back of mine that my little boy could ride. But sadly my boy is now into football! He hates going for rides and just wants to play ball all day. But what about mine and his bikes? What am I suppose to do with them? Well, it seems they might not be the only bikes that will never be used again…
Ten Amazing Ways to Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle Old Bicycles
10 – A no cycling gate
Now, this is impressive, this is a wrought iron gate made from an old bicycle! While much like mine it well never is ridden again it does indeed look amazing.
9 – “You’ll look sweet, Upon the seat, Of a bicycle built for moss!”
I love the ability of some people to graffiti moss onto almost anything. And that same sort of moss painting is what we have here and it turns an unused bicycle into a rather amazing garden ornament.
8 – Ride and Squirt!
7 – I won’t let art get away with this!!!
What you are looking at is not some guerilla knitting granny’s group but it is in fact called “Yarnbombed” and is done by an artist known as Olek. Well, it does kind of look cool and it is certainly not going to ridden again for a very long time at least.
6 – Ride thru restaurant.
A company called “D-Bodhi” has decided to make some rather amazing stools from old children’s trike’s and unicycles, attach some cool blue neon lights to the bottom of the main eating bar and you have a cycle that will never be ridden again but looks brilliant.
5 – Wash ‘N’ ride
If you have been following this blog for a while you will know that I do love a bit of upcycling, and it looks like Benjamin Bullins does as well because he has created this rather amazing bathroom sink and best of all used the front shopping basket to a towel holder!
4 – A cycle block planter?!?
Now, this is more my cup of tea, nothing too complicated but yet the results of hanging an old bike on the garden fence then attaching a few hanging plants looks nothing short of stunning and such a simple idea to replicate. I wonder if it would work with a mountain bike!?
3 – O Christmas Bike, O Christmas Bike!
Appropriately called the ‘Tree-Cycle’ this amazing Christmas tree is made from over 100 old bikes donated by a local recycling company. I might not have a hundred of them to make this Christmas tree myself, but I still think this is amazing.
2 – Don’t fence me in!
There are many great examples of old bicycles made into fences but for me, this is the best one, such a fairly simple idea but it just looks incredible, thought to look at it, it will not stop anything from getting into the garden, or out of it.
1 – “The kids rode me up the wall today, I wouldn’t mind, but I was on my bike at the time!”
When Peter Horstmann moved from Canada to Germany he wanted to open up a bicycle shop. But when customers brought in their old bikes for new he didn’t just recycle them he made clever use of them by attaching them to his shop! Not only did images of the shop go viral but it is also a very, very clever piece of advertising as the shop is now quite famous.