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CycleLight

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Sam Hawkins
CycleLight

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

Category

Lighting

Waste Materials

Bike Parts

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Made from bicycle parts, this light offers a unique look and a great way to re-use scrapped metal parts.Bicycle parts are interesting forms which can be manipulated and assembled in many different ways to create many products. I chose this solution because I wanted to see how the light would interact with the wheel rim. I think the spokes give a great effect which you dont see on many traditional lamps.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials:Bicycle Parts-Wheel RimHandlebarsFront suspension forks (Shaft)Pedal Cogs (Base)Lamp Parts -BulbBulb baseStemCablePlugWeights (Base)Equipment Needed:Stanley KnifeSpannersAlan KeysDrillScrewdrivers (Flat Head/ Phillips)Forstner BitNutsBoltsCleaning Materials

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Firstly the cogs need to be removed from the bike and pedals. Use whatever tools necessary for the bike being used. Using a forstner bit I drilled through the centre of the cogs in order to remove the smallest cog from the set. This was done as the base of the suspension needed to sit flat against these cogs at the base of the light. With the smallest cog left on the suspension would not fit correctly.
Using a Hacksaw remove the the bracket which normally allows the front suspension fork to the wheel. This needs to be done so that the bottom of the suspension will sit flat against the cogs at the base.
For aesthetic purposes I removed the dustcaps of the suspension using a stanley knife.
Using a screwdriver, a screw, washers and a nut I fixed 4 weighted plates taken from the base of the lamp used to create this light in order to give it weight at the base to prevent the light from falling over due to the design meaning it is top heavy.
You can see the reverse side from the previous step.As well as this I drilled two holes which were measured to line up with the base of the two front suspension forks to allow them to be fixed together.
Using an alan key I fastened the fixing between the base cogs and the suspension forks
I then removed the back suspension to then using the spiral part to wrap around the forks for aesthetic purposes
Using the stem from the original lamp I began to wire up the light through the middle of the suspension.
Using the rod that existed in the original lampi connected the wire from the bottom of the new light to the top where the bulb will sit.I also removed the grips and brakes from the handlebars using an alan key, screwdriver and stanley knife. Again for aesthetic purposes
I then using a screwdriver wired in the cables to the bulb base.Ensure the ground cable is connected correctly with the live and neutral cables leading up to the bulb base.
The bulb and base were then screwed onto the top of the rod.
I needed a bracket which could hold the wheel in place. I used this spare part as it was perfect for holding a rod which would slot through the axle of the wheel rim. I used a screwdriver and drill to perform this task.
The rod needed to be tapped on either end in order to secure it in place
A nut was used at this side to fasten the wheel rim in place. A spanner was used to tighten it.
The rod then slotted through the bracket and then fastened using a spanner with another nut.
This is the finished product after the metal was cleaned using  warm water, soap, wire brushes, sponges and cleaning agents.
This is the final design shown in the intended dark environment.
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Sam Hawkins

Nottingham

United Kingdom

Nottingham Trent student studying BA Product Design...

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