Some people have a cat wall calendar and a kitten screen saver at the office; others have a Cathy mug and a Dilbert mouse pad. You, bicycle fiend, have a cubicle full of gadgets upcycled from actual bikes.
RESOURCE REVIVAL founder Graham Bergh stumbled into a rich waste stream when he started scavenging used bike parts 20 years ago. Today, his Portland, Oregon, enterprise gets materials from 10 to 20 percent of America's roughly 5,000 bike shops to create things like the Hybrid Wall Clock, which combines a bike chain ring and a used computer hard drive. $36, rebike.com
Texas designer Krystal O'Mara is known for getting creative with bikes. Amarillo locals bring her odds and ends from bicycles, and she turns them into rustic-chic home decor like this Three Hub Lamp, sold through her web shop, REMAIN. Bits of assorted bicycles come together in each item: "There's a lot left over when you deconstruct a bike rim," she says. $150, remaindesigns.com
Seattle upcycling retailer ALCHEMY GOODS got its start after founder Eli Reich's messenger bag was stolen: The avid cyclist stitched some spare bike tubes into a superior replacement. Then he made more. "One of the great things about inner tubes is that they're waterproof," he says. "They also develop a really nice patina, sort of like fine leather." And if your Mercer Laptop bag gets punctured during a roadside spill, just fix it with an inner tube patch. $168, alchemygoods.com
Through his company, BIKE FURNITURE DESIGNS, the Marquette, Michigan, designer Andy Gregg melds his art-school and bike-mechanic pasts into an aesthetic of hip utility. His S-2 Modulus Lounge Chair, made from used bicycle rims, can be outfitted with 100 percent recycled materials upon request. Gregg sources from bike repair shops, scrap yards, and manufacturers that are getting rid of overstock. $600, bikefurniture.com
Last November, Mark Mitchell turned a heap of mountain bike detritus in his High Point, North Carolina, garage into Christmas presents: bowls, bottle openers, even a decorative butterfly. Now, in his new business, RECYCLED BICYCLE ART, Mitchell welds items like this Recycled Bicycle Chain Pencil or Pen Holder. $50, recycledbicycleart.com
Photos by Lori Eanes (4), chair Courtesy of Bike Furniture Designs