Natespin arts & crafts time.
Goal: Re-purpose old bike drivetrain parts into ornaments.
Strategy: Take an old single-speed chain and an old road cassette (Ultegra), de-grease, clean, & dry them and fashion them into ornaments.
For the cassette, it’s a straightforward process since they’re independent and what’s cool about them is that they’re like stars or snowflakes, each with their own design. As for the chain, I used a single-speed chain since it’s thicker (wider) than the 9 & 10 speed chains. I thought I could arrange them into stars. The trick was how best to keep them in this shape since the chain links are suppose to move! I bought some krazy-glue but wasn’t crazy on using it. I found a better way to keep the chain in star shape by pushing each pin slightly out of the links with a chain-breaker tool. There was some initial wrestling with the chain for it to keep shape but once I got the process down the final two stars didn’t take too long to make.
So what was sitting around the garage can now spend a few weeks a year on the trees of my friends and families. Have a Merry Xmas, all!