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    Repurpose or recycle chains?

    I just replaced my chain.
    Being a life long tech junkie and recycler, I've been wondering what I could use the old chain for.
    I hate to see that beautifully crafted metal turn to rust.
    Any suggestions?

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    Used chains are made into all sorts of jewelery and decorative items.

    If you live in an area where theft is an issue, you can loop a chain around saddle rails and a seatstay as an anti-theft item (very common on messenger bikes in NYC --- cover with used handlebar tape so it doesn't scratch or rattle).

    Years ago, I tensioned dead chains floor to ceiling and used them to support shelves.

    That's for starters. It only takes a bit of creativeness to come up with hundreds of uses, so think about hat you need or can use if it were free anf have at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Years ago, I tensioned dead chains floor to ceiling and used them to support shelves.
    Wow, nice one.

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    Bike chains are the same pitch as garage-door opener chain, so a few bike's worth of old chain could be pointlessly turned into a replacement chain for your opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
    Wow, nice one.
    Not compared to that man's sculptures. That's far and away the best piece of chain art I've ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post

    If you live in an area where theft is an issue, you can loop a chain around saddle rails and a seatstay as an anti-theft item (very common on messenger bikes in NYC --- cover with used handlebar tape so it doesn't scratch or rattle).
    Hal uses an old inner tube instead of used bar tape. An inner tube will not fall apart or come undone like bar tape

    See at 1:21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCbU83_G6nA

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuyax View Post
    Hal uses an old inner tube instead of used bar tape. An inner tube will not fall apart or come undone like bar tape

    See at 1:21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCbU83_G6nA
    Hal's an old friend and customer. The chain loop seat lock isn't his idea, but was started by messengers, or maybe they copied some creative soul 40+ years ago. Anyway, I've seen all sorts of iterations of the idea.
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    I'm wearing a belt with a bicycle chain belt buckle, similar to this:

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    They can be wrapped around the partially deflated front tires on garden tractors equipped for snow removal. Get them as snug as possible then re-inflate the tires to hold them on and they help provide steering traction in heavy wet snow and on ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Not compared to that man's sculptures. That's far and away the best piece of chain art I've ever seen.
    the torso is really quite stunning, really really stunning.

    If I had money up the wazoo, I'd buy that.
    Of course I dont, so all I can do is throw out my admiration.

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    The artist's name is Seo Young Deok, if you search you'll find heaps of his work.

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    I found his name rather quickly right after posting that but thank you anyway.

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