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    Your first chain

    So...My chain is at the end of it's life as a bike chain. I was curious if you all did anything "special" with the first chain you ever rode into the ground.

    Jewelry, Momento/keepsake, dumpster, etc.
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    I put it under my pillow hoping the bike fairy would leave some cash or a new bike. Never happened, so I eventually framed it.

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    recycling bin.
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    Same here--recycled. It's a disposable item and short-lived, so no sentimental value for me. I still probably have every other old component I've replaced on my 20 year old bike though. :-) (more from a "what do I do with it?" aspect though since they aren't as recyclable as a steel chain and tossing them in the landfill's just not yet mentally an option...)

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    I made keychains and bracelets after my first chain swap. Everybody digs the bracelet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
    I made keychains and bracelets after my first chain swap. Everybody digs the bracelet.
    Oh, those are cool! I am going to borrow the keychain idea.

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    only thing I did was ride it for way too long
    oh, and put a greasy chain pattern all over my shorts.

    good riddance.

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    Doesn't that bracelet pull hair on your arm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
    Doesn't that bracelet pull hair on your arm?
    Nope. Never. Been wearing it for about two years straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
    Nope. Never. Been wearing it for about two years straight.
    Nice. Might get me a SRAM powerlink so it can look like a fully locked on chain so people wonder "WTF".



    Did you have a problem with any grease leaving a residue for a while or did you give it a really good soaking first? Or do you still grease it just in case?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
    Nice. Might get me a SRAM powerlink so it can look like a fully locked on chain so people wonder "WTF".



    Did you have a problem with any grease leaving a residue for a while or did you give it a really good soaking first? Or do you still grease it just in case?
    The Powerlink is an awesome idea!!!!

    I soaked the chain in Simple Green for a day, brushed it good with an old toothbrush, and rinsed in warm water. No grease stains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
    The Powerlink is an awesome idea!!!!

    I soaked the chain in Simple Green for a day, brushed it good with an old toothbrush, and rinsed in warm water. No grease stains.

    Sweet. I'll get a powerlink and soak the old chain in Simple Green.

    Thanks
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    I just threw a handful of chains into the metal recycling. It's just a hunk of dirty, greasy, rusted steel. I didn't save the first wheel I destroyed, the first axle I broke, the first derailleur I ran into the ground, the first set of brake pads I wore out or the first cassette that I replaced either.
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    I used some leather straps and made a necklace out of it. The leather finally gave way, so I used some sportsman's cord in its place.



    Last edited by stdlrf11; 07-10-12 at 06:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stdlrf11 View Post
    I used some leather straps and made a necklace out of it. The leather finally gave way, so I used some sportsman's cord in its place.

    That's kind of neat, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stdlrf11 View Post
    I used some leather straps and made a necklace out of it. The leather finally gave way, so I used some sportsman's cord in its place.



    Could even thread the eyelets of the chain segments together with the cord so it looks like the chain is contiguous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    I just threw a handful of chains into the metal recycling. It's just a hunk of dirty, greasy, rusted steel. I didn't save the first wheel I destroyed, the first axle I broke, the first derailleur I ran into the ground, the first set of brake pads I wore out or the first cassette that I replaced either.
    I made my first frame into a really cool pendant. Kinda gets in the way, but I get so many comments. Chicks dig it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    I made my first frame into a really cool pendant. Kinda gets in the way, but I get so many comments. Chicks dig it.
    That must have been fun! Strong back and neck, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    I put it under my pillow hoping the bike fairy would leave some cash or a new bike. Never happened, so I eventually framed it.

    Hopefully you cleaned if first, I hear that grease stains are ***** to get out.

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