Upcycled Bike Chain Becomes Funky Timepiece

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Upcycled Bike Chain Becomes Funky Timepiece


This is a clever repurposing of an old bike chain and cassette. A synchronous motor, placed behind the cassette, drives it around at one rotation per hour. (The gif above is time-lapsed.)

The Maker, Brian Barmmer, placed 3D printed numbers, from 1 to 12, in the chain at 18-link intervals, equal to the number of teeth on the cog that holds the chain, so that each rotation corresponds to an hour.

The motor turns in sync to the voltage coming from an AC outlet, and so can be geared to the appropriate speed. Barmmer also routed a wooden case to hold the motor, but it’s housed discreetly behind the cassette.

See Barmmer’s imgur gallery for more details on the build.

[via Reddit]

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  1. Leo says:

    Clever idea. If I could suggest though, one of the other appropriately geared sprockets could also be displaying minutes in 10 or 15 minute increments? It would give a better approximation of the actual time.

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Nathan Hurst is an editor at Make. He loves anything having to do with science or bicycling. He tweets as @nathanbhurst.

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