Bikes can make your home look wheely cool
Bikes can make your home look wheely cool The Bicycle Collection was created by upcycling discarded bicycle rims, pedals and frames (AP photos)
Bikes can make your home look wheely cool
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Bicycles have become part of hipster culture. Today there are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments. You can find them from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York.

The rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats and vintage baskets. But there are also those who see more to them. Designers and artists are creating furnishings and art. That gives bicycles a whole new way to roll down Cool Street.

Canadian cyclist and metal artisan Gilbert VandenHeuvel turns out all sorts of reworked bicycle art and accessories. He works at his studio in Goderich, Ontario.

The bike parts make for "endless design possibilities," he says. Bikes are "almost begging to be reborn, reshaped into something surprising and beautiful."

His online shop is It offers wall hooks crafted from gear sprockets and mirrors made from spoked wheels. Clocks are crafted from drive trains and chain rings. And sleek chrome "urban antlers are created with the bike seat as the "skull' and the handlebars as the antlers.

Designer Hilary Nagler of Santa Barbara, California, plays with a similar idea. She makes "bicycle taxidermy." She mounts handlebar "horns" on a basswood plaque. ( )

In Marquette, Michigan, designer and former bike mechanic Andy Gregg has combined his skills. Now he makes high-style furniture. There's a chair made out of wheels. It has soft rubber tires as arm rests and handlebars as the feet. Seats and backs are padded. They come in black or paint-box-bright yellow, red or blue vinyl. Some versions are outdoor-friendly. They offer great seating for a beachside cottage or city balcony. (

Solo Home Design in Chicago has an oversize cotton pillow trimmed in inner-tube fringe. Inner tubes form a great outdoor mat. They are also woven into coasters. Here too is a wooden cutting board. It is fashioned out of a slab of wood and a bike rim. Spokes are reworked into a neat trivet.

"With cycling being a major part of Chicagoans' lives, we feel it's our duty to help with some of the waste that comes from it," says Meg Leese. She is co-owner and designer at Solo ( "We've been collecting scrap from a local bike shop for a couple of years now.

Critical thinking challenge: Bike parts have seemingly endless design possibilities. Name three materials used in making bikes that makes these designs possible.

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  • AC2001curly
    1/29/2015 - 08:41 a.m.

    You can design your room however you want with the wheels. It is a creative idea to design your room in your house with bike parts. But you have to have a creative mindset to do that. I think that because you can't be a boring person and be creative. Those two don't go together.

  • wpapril30
    1/29/2015 - 08:46 a.m.

    the three bike part are handlebar, wheels and frame plus more but making the object out bike or car parts that doesn't seem possible if you know how to build it.

  • Winona-Mag
    1/29/2015 - 09:41 a.m.

    Three parts that make it possible are wheels, bike rims, and spokes. these are three parts that make making stuff with bike pats possible.

  • Makayla-Mag
    1/29/2015 - 09:44 a.m.

    Three materials that are used in making bikes are rubber tires, the tube inside the rubber tire, and the metal lines that connect to the tires. These materials can make it possible designing bike furniture.

  • Kailey-Mag
    1/29/2015 - 09:46 a.m.

    the endless design possibilities are to be reborn, reshaped into something surprising and beautiful. The tools are gear sprockets and mirrors made from spokes wheels,and inner tubes.

  • SebastianH-1
    1/29/2015 - 11:40 a.m.

    Recycling bikes is now the hip thing. Designers are using bike parts to make furniture and decor. This is now becoming the theme of many shops and restaurants. I like how the article has a few different people to show what they do with bike parts.

  • Erica-Arm
    1/29/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    This is "wheely" cool. Designers are recycling old bikes and making anything from furniture to rugs. Who knew old bikes could be put to so much use?! It also looks awesome! No wonder so many people buy these bike products! And clocks....who knew? This just goes to show that recycling is popular....when it's fun and you can make cool things out of it.

  • Ethan-Arm
    1/29/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    I think rides bikes are a great way to get exercise and have fun, but decorating your house with bike theme is a whole new bucket of chocolate imagine if I were rolling around in my bicycle themed chair and reading my book on my tablet with a bicycle themed case while eating bike wheel themed pizza.

  • Lincoln-Arm
    1/29/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

    Using bike parts for furniture is a great idea. It's a way of recycling bike parts and could give your home a better look. This would be like nobody elses home at first, but maybe if word got around bike furniture could be something modern and popular. Not only is this a good idea,but it also looks unique.

  • Sam-Arm
    1/29/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

    The bike has many design possssssssssibilities. Three are the metal frame, the soft seat and the wire brakesssssssssssssssssssss. These things create endless design possibilities. Bye Bye

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