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Old 05-13-20, 02:10 PM
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Yard Art

I was wondering what people's opinions on bikes as yard art are. I really don't like seeing bikes that could be used for there intended purpose rusting away with flowers on them. I just wondered if I'm odd that way or if others hare my opinion.
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Old 05-13-20, 02:43 PM
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We have a lot of yard/garden ornament bikes in this area. Most seem to prefer older balloon tire bikes with bad paint, lots of rust and preferably a basket on the front.
I really don't care one way or the other. Not my bike or yard. If I seen a gleaming $15,000 bike with vines growing up it I would be surprised but not care.
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Old 05-13-20, 03:33 PM
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Old 05-13-20, 03:33 PM
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How do you feel about old school busses and toilet planters in the front yard?
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Not my circus, not my monkeys.
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Old 05-13-20, 07:49 PM
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I have to agree. I don't want it in my yard but I don't really care what you put in your yard.
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Old 05-13-20, 08:05 PM
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I haven't seen a real bike used for that purpose. I've seen a few planters made to look like old cruisers, but smaller than the real thing.

Old school buses, toilets and all manner of other things I see regularly. One guy arranges a wide array of junk in an arrangement that I assume means something to him. The material changes regularly and once included a bike with a bottle of pink lemonade in the bottle cage. Last week it included three old riding mowers propped up on their back wheels. Sometimes it's all accompanied by a large crudely painted sign that's religious in nature. It's art to him and over the years I've come to appreciate it.
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I have a neighbor who is a long time wrench and has an old Crackandfail frame for his mailbox. I think it is neat AF. I wouldn't cut up a perfectly good frame but something that is no longer rideable safely sure make it art. Plus some bikes are better as lawn art then actual bikes.

I have an old Fuji frame I was going to convert to a stool and never quite finished (and by that I mean installed a seatpost and wide saddle for comfort.) I wanted to do something with the front derailleur as well but I don't know what it could actuate.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
I haven't seen a real bike used for that purpose.
If I remember Iíll post a photo of a two story high tower of real bikes along side the Mickelson Trail in SD.
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Old 05-13-20, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by tornado60 View Post
I was wondering what people's opinions on bikes as yard art are. I really don't like seeing bikes that could be used for there intended purpose rusting away with flowers on them. I just wondered if I'm odd that way or if others hare my opinion.
Anything I've ever seen that was a real bike to begin with is a bike that would probably cost more to refurbish than is worth it given the expected use.
Our local bike collective drops off gobs of bikes and parts to the local recycler/dump due to them not being repairable or in too far gone condition.
repurposing one of those for yard art seems perfectly fine.

Who is using roadworthy and valued bikes for garden art?
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Old 05-14-20, 02:27 PM
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The majority of bikes (BSOs) are not made to last,

so being scrap is their intended purpose.
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I like it just fine. I've seen a few towns that use several painted up bikes on sidewalks in front of businesses.
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Old 05-14-20, 03:46 PM
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If you don;t like rusty old bikes in people's yards, it must drive you nuts to see rusty old farm machinery in yards.
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Old 05-14-20, 03:48 PM
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If someone owns a bike, they can do what they wish with it, within zoning regs.

Seems an odd thing to be concerned about.
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It's the ghost bikes that get me. I'm glad they do it but kind of chilling and realizing as you ride by.
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Old 05-14-20, 07:57 PM
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If I saw a Pinarello Dogma F12 half buried in someone's landscaping as lawn art I'd be a little miffed, but otherwise... meh...
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that trail is AWESOME...don't be telling people about it. Its our little secret here in SD.
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I like it. But I've never seen a rideable bike used for yard art.
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Thanks everyone for the great responses. I would like to say I don't tell people what to do with their bikes unless I'm asked my opinion. I also think broken bikes beyond repair can be beautiful as yard art.
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Hmmmmm....... what's that sound? Who's that in the front yard? GET OFF MY GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!
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