How to Make a Bicycle Rim Clock

Here's a cool way to reuse those bicycle junk you have in your garage. If you're a bike fanatic here's a great way to give your wall a personal touch. Make your own bike rim wall clock.

Steps

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    Take out your old bicycle rim.
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    Remove any unwanted parts, including any protruding parts such as the hub. Clean your rim thoroughly.
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    Find a suitable clock. The clock should be cheap, and should ideally have long hands. However, we will be making hand extensions, so if you cannot find a clock with long hands, do not worry.
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    Disassemble the clock. Carefully remove the hands.
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    Make a sheet of aluminum out of an empty soda can by cutting down the sides of the can. This will be used for the hand extensions.
    • Measure the radius of the bicycle rim and cut hand extensions for the clock accordingly. Generally, the hour hand should be about 6 inches (15.2 cm), and the minute hand will be 8 inches (20.3 cm). Paint them if you would prefer a different color.
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    Glue the aluminum on top of the hands of the clock. Allow to dry. Use only superglue, do not use a heavy adhesive. Using a heavy glue may mess up the clock's mechanism.
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    If your bike wheel hub cover is still there, get it, you can still use that. (optional)
    • Place the hands back on the center of the rim.
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    Get your movement (clock) use a strong adhesive on the front. You can hot glue it but keep in mind if your surroundings becomes warm this is not advised. You can use industrial glue for durability.
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    Hide the clock itself by placing a gear plate on top of it, use a strong adhesive.
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    Place the clock on the center of the rim.
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    Attach the hands on the clock.
    • Put in batteries and adjust the time. You should still be able to adjust the time as you would normally on the clock.
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    Hang your new d├ęcor on your wall and marvel at your work!

Things You'll Need

  • 20" inch Bicycle rim
  • Clock
  • Empty can of soda
  • Markers
  • Cutters / scissors
  • Super glue / industrial glue
  • Hub plate or bike gear

Article Info

Categories: Bicycles