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 www.therecycler.ca. 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. (www.fleamarketrx.com )

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. (www.bikefurniture.com)

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 (www.solohomedesign.com). "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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COMMENTS (43)
  • AvisaJ-Jac
    1/29/2015 - 03:10 p.m.

    I think that is really weird that now there selling bike wheels for home decor to make it look cool but I don't think it would look cool at all I feel like your house would kinda of look like your collecting bike wheels and that's strange to me I feel like.

  • IanH-Jac
    1/29/2015 - 04:37 p.m.

    I think that bicycles could make your house look really cool. For example, what if someone wanted there room to be designed with bicycles, they could make a bed with wheels or a coat hanger with the handle bar.

  • PowellWilliam-DiB
    1/29/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    Bicycles are a cool embellishment. Only if you live in the city though because it makes your house look cool and very urban. The wheels hanging on walls and paintings will bring out the ascetics in our house. When I get older and move in the city I would wan to have bicycle wheels I my house.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    1/29/2015 - 08:38 p.m.

    I think that it is cool that bicycles have been a hipster culture, if there's discarded bicycle parts, it will kind of useful for making decorations at home kind of like your home is covered with a bunch of bicycle parts on them that is like a house-covered bicycle parts. Well if there is a lot of house covered with bicycle parts, the street where there is house-covered bicycle parts will kind of gonna change to Bicycle.St if there is a lot of people kind of go bicycle crazy if they never decorate their house with bicycle parts.
    Critical thinking challenge: Bike parts have seemingly "endless design possibilities." Name three materials used in making bikes that makes these designs possible.
    Answer: Three materials that makes these designs possible is Bicycle rims, pedals and frames.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    1/29/2015 - 09:27 p.m.

    I think that this is cool for people to design bike art/furnitures. I think that the idea of making art with bike wheels are cool enough, but I think that using other parts of a bike is amazing too. I think that it looks nice when you look at the art/furniture because you usually don't see things like this in homes, workplaces, shopping malls, restaurants, or other places.
    Critical thinking challenge: Bike parts have seemingly endless design possibilities. Name three materials used in making bikes that makes these designs possible.
    Answer: Three things that make bike designs possible are bike wheels, saddles, and the chains of the bike.

  • emilyr-Weh
    1/30/2015 - 09:23 a.m.

    Bike parts have seemingly " endless design possibilities."
    The text states that Andy Gregg uses the wheels of a bike to make chairs. It has rubber tires as arm rests and handlebars as the feet.
    The passage states that Solo Home Design in Chicago has made a cotton pillow from inner-tube fringe. Another piece of bike part materials is the wooden cutting board made out of a slab of wood and a bike rim.
    That is why bike parts have seemingly " endless design possibilities."

  • wyattg-Sch
    1/30/2015 - 10:54 a.m.

    This is cool because people like riding there bikes around town so they don't have to walk around and it is cool how they make furniture out of the bicycles.

  • wyattg-Sch
    1/30/2015 - 11:02 a.m.

    The authors purpose is that bike can be used for almost anything. Like riding it using them to make furniture and they can use the rubber from the tires to make lots of things too.

  • asiag2-boo
    1/30/2015 - 11:45 a.m.

    the article is about a people who take junk and turn it into a creative home peace instead of throwing it away and when 1 person start doing it maybe some other people will start doing that.

  • bgjuly200
    1/30/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    this is the good thing because bike can't make you house look good you have to make you house good for you self because thing might be better

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