Repurposing Bikes & Bits

Making use of old bicycles is a key part to Re~Cycle's work. This page should give you a comprehensive guide on how you can get started, constructing tools from old bike parts (including our famous bike trailer), or just learning a bit about how to look after your own bike.

Adapting Cycle Technology

Re~Cycle has a fantastic trailer design made from unwanted bike parts and cheap materials. Overseas, partners manufacture the WorldBike, a simple device that greatly increases the load capacity of a bike. This makes bikes suitable for many tasks including fetching water, taking goods to market, mobile vendors, and collecting recyclables.

The potential for turning a discarded bicycle into a labour saving, job-creating tool for change is enormous.

Make tools and contraptions from 'dead' bikes:

DIY bike trailer

We set out to design a robust, low cost, simple trailer made from globally available materials and unwanted bicycle parts.

DIY Workstand

One of our volunteers designed a bicycle workshop stand made of repurposed bike parts.

Electricity Generator- Use your old bicycle as a generator

Fixed

Removable

Water pump

Mayapedal have a impressive instructions for a rope pump and mobile pump, as well as a video of the mobile pump HERE

Mill/Thresher

Mayapedal have designs and instructions for a cycle powered mill/thresher on their website HERE.

Blender

Mayapedal have designs and instructions for a cycle powered Blender on their website HERE.

Nut Sheller

Mayapedal have designs and instructions for a cycle powered Nut Sheller on their website HERE.

How To make Bike Art out of 'dead' bikes and parts:

Projects like Re~Cycle generate a phenomenal amount of spare bike parts, some are sent along as spares in our shipments, others stay at our depot to use ourselves. However, they do hold other uses! You may well want to give some of these ideas a try yourself.

Furniture

Art

  • Kenneth Armstrong has a blog showcasing his amazing bike art HERE

Chains are surprisingly versatile, why not try...

  • House 'numbers'?
  • Coat hooks?
  • bottle openers such as the ones here and here (or maybe try making one from a crank arm?)

How To make clothing and related items from 'dead' bikes and parts

Belts such as these.

How to look after your bike

These are some links to helpful guides on how to take care of your own bike: