I have always wanted to make artwork, useful or not, out of old or broken parts from bikes. I’m not quite sure why but I really like the look of rotors, cassettes, hubs, wheels and cranks; probably more than complete bikes or beautiful frames. There seems to be so much effort put into their design (although some have pretty crap design) and manufacture. Combined with the effort to extract and refine the metal to make the intricate parts, my heart pangs a little seeing them in the the trash or rubbish piles. I have seen a few good looking clocks made with various bike parts in person and the clock idea has stuck with me but I never got around to making one. A few searches on the web also returns many different designs and a lot of inspiration.
The initial ideas floating in my head used wheels with different colored spokes for hands and marking the hours, or somehow tried to incorporate a moving drivetrain. After a little research it seems it is challenging for most clock movements to spin even lightweight hands without losing accuracy or failing. Thus, using any bike part with some heft for the hands seems out of the question unless I am able to find another method to keep accurate time beyond a traditional clock movement. After realizing this, another idea popped into my head.
Does the clock necessarily have to tell time?
It would be interesting to have a clock with just generic positions: ride, swim, sleep, eat, or others. So, I have been toying with few ideas using this method as well.
I am really trying to go after the clean, polished metal aesthetic with many of the parts. I like the sheen, gleam and “pop” they create. So, most of my time as of yet has gone into cleaning off the grease and dirt covered parts I want to use. I may paint some parts neon or bright colors to help create something that draws attention. I appreciate designs that look clean, sharp and somewhat ordinary with one or two “loud” colors and/or elements to bring it to life and “accessorize!”