Customized Bikes From Recycled Parts

From Kevin Kelly on CoolTools:

Bicycle Builders Bonananza

“A fun and detailed guide to hacking unusual bicycles from old bike parts. With a bit of welding here and there you can take castoff bicycles and repurpose them in dozens of imaginative ways. Here are notes for customizing choppers, tandems, unicycles, and crazy stunt bikes with frames found at the dump. How to strip down a bike to its useful components, and what to keep in mind as you modify its design and performance. “

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Customized Bikes From Recycled Parts

  1. Anonymous says:

    Check out The Reno Bike Project
    http://www.renobikeproject.com/

    And Coco's Variety Store in L.A. refurbishinging/recycling bicycles as a business http://www.cocosvariety.com

    Bob Patterson
    fernley, NV

  2. I love the idea of building your own bicycle from older, unused parts! It reminds me of a totally upcycled bike I saw on TechXchange: http://www.digikey.com/techxchange/thread/4051. Maybe you'd ride a Skycycle, but would you ride a cardboard bike??

Leave a Reply

Please use your real name instead of your company name or keyword spam.