Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?

So my frame has a large crack near the headtube and I am replacing it. Could I use the frame in any other way? E.g.

  • give it away for recycling, get a few beers with the money
  • make vases from the tubes
  • make shot glasses from the tubes (e.g. with wooden bottoms)
  • beat people with it (!?!? one friend proposed this)

Anything more sensible? Maybe I could make some tool or stand out of the material?

  • Should be able to strip off all the parts and recycle it. It's better aluminum than cans. Otherwise some sort of art project. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 26 '13 at 11:18
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    @DanielRHicks R Hicks, I just checked, the local prices for scrap aluminum are about 2 beers per kilogram. And I anticipate difficulties removing the headset cups and the BB. – Vorac Sep 26 '13 at 11:33
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    If you're scrapping it, just hacksaw off the headset and BB. – Chris H Sep 26 '13 at 11:55
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    Go to a race and use it for cheering! Bang on it with a handlebar or piece of frame and it's way better than a cowbell! – Aaron Sep 26 '13 at 13:56
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    "about 2 beers per kilogram" -- That'll make you wish you'd gotten a heavier frame. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 26 '13 at 15:11

I've been thinking about a similar question for my old bike. This google image search might give some inspiration.

More people seem to have the idea to do something with their old bike:

Though most re-use seems to focus on the parts that wear out quicker (tires, tubes, chains, sprockets, etc.)


Use as a dedicated truing stand. While not adjustable, the fork could be used for front wheels, back for rear wheels.


Do you need a bike hanging bracket, or even a wall mounted work stand? The front triangle as in the church of cycling lamp image suggests how, and old tubes could be used to give it some grip and prevent it damaging a bike hung from it.

Or how about a single wheel bike trailer?


A moderately successful lamp. I was too lazy to mount it on a wall.

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A swing (and a projectile). Maximum range seems to be only 10 meters.

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At our local bike coop, we've welded some old bike frames together to act as a anti-burglary window grille. They were steel though.

I've used chainstays and seat stays as robust tent pegs, for staking down a plastic greenhouse. Worked well once the ends were hammered shut.

Dollarwise, recycling is your best bet for aluminium, because its $4 to $15/kilo locally depending on grade and whether you parted all the non-aluminium off.


Pity it's aluminium - I made a nice set of windchimes from an old steel frame that died, but I don't think aluminium would ring as well.

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