Bicycle Wheel Clock

My husband likes to take old bikes, cut them apart and make new, crazy bikes. He recently bought 6 old bikes at a police auction for $15….total. That is a great deal, especially since he was just wanting to piece them out. 

He is working on a crazy bike now and I noticed a few wheels, just sitting there. 

Hmmmm….craft project? I googled and found several tutorials for wheel rim clocks. I took the parts from each site that i liked, added a few of my own ideas, and the project started. 

We removed the tires and took the sprocket from a couple of the scrap bikes.

I was going to go with the natural look of the rims, but one was black and I wanted chrome. So I ended up spray painting them both chrome. Looked so much better!

I bought 51/2″ wood letters from Hobby Lobby and spray painted them flat black. I also spray painted the sprockets flat black. 

I bought a High Torque clock mechanism, from Hobby Lobby. It is important to get “High Torque” so it has the strength to move the larger hands. My set came with the hour and minute hands, but you could make your own if you wanted. I spray painted the black hands red. 

So, here is everything I had to buy to make the clock. 

I made 2 clocks, so you are seeing 2 Sets of numbers and clock mechanisms. 

I use super glue to put the numbers on. I counted spokes to evenly space them out. I made sure the hole that the air nozzle had been in was at the top for hanging.

Next, the clock compartment was glued to the back of the sprocket using super glue. 

In place of sprockets, you could use something else to cover the clock compartment. Maybe a paint can lid with a hole drilled in the middle? A random piece of metal? A wood circle or square?

We made a modification to the clock compartment so the battery could be easily changed. Since the wheel is behind it, you can’t access the battery compartment like normal. Steve cut the edge from it so it was open and accessible from the top. 

We made sure this part was facing up when we glued the clock compartment/sprocket to the middle of the wheel. I used E6000 glue for this as the sprockets are heavy and they needed to be secured tightly so it wouldn’t fall off when the clock is hanging on the wall. 

Construction adhesive could also be used. 

I let it sit for a few days so the glue was fully cured. 

I wasn’t fully confident that the glue would hold the sprocket when it was hanging. Probably it would, but I decided to add some wire to tie the sprocket to the spokes as a back up. 

Lastly, follow the directions that come with the clock mechanism for installing the hands and setting the time. Once the battery was in, the clock started working. I had to adjust the hands a few times as one got stuck behind the other as they moved. Just play around with it until they move freely. 

We used a long nail in the wall and hung the clock so the nail head “hooked” into the hole at the top of the rim.

A day later and it looks great and keeps perfect time!

If you try this project, comment with a picture of your Bicycle Wheel Clock. I would love to see your versions. Cheers!

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