Do you like clocks? I really like clocks as an alternative to artwork. You can make them out of almost anything as long as you have the quartz clock movement.
I saw a clock on Thistlewood Farms (a blog and blogger that I love). I’ve always wanted to make something like it because my husband loves bikes. It is made from a bicycle wheel. I have lots of bicycle-art in my home because my husband blogs about cycling and he loves to ride.
Here’s my version of a bicycle wheel clock. I hope you like it.
To make a bicycle clock you need these supplies.
- Bicycle Wheel without the tire – I took one off an old unused bike.
- Numbers – I wanted to use large wood Roman numerals and I found them on Etsy
- Velcro – I used velcro to attach the movement to the wheel so that I can easily change the battery later.
- Clock mechanism with hands – be sure to buy a high torque long shaft movement because a bicycle tire is large.
- Round piece – You need to attach something round in front of the clock mechanism to hide it. I used a coaster, but in the example I was trying to replicate she used a paint can lid. It can be anything round that isn’t too thick.
- Spray Paint – Optional if you want to change the color of the hands. I used red.
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Steps to Make the Bicycle clock
Once I finally started to make the clock it only took about an hour (although there many weeks of procrastination).
Step 1 – Remove the rod from the middle of the wheel. This was maybe the hardest part. Bike wheels have a large bolt through the middle that gets in the way. I had to use a wrench on either side and lots of elbow grease to get the bolt loose.
Step 2 – Spray paint your clock hands if you want to change the color.
Step 3 – Drill a hole for the clock movement in your round part. I say “part” because you can use any round piece you want. You could use a paint can lid or a coaster (as I did). See 2021 update below.
Step 4 – Put a piece of velcro over the middle of your wheel and stick the other side to the back of your clock movement. You could use glue, but it will be difficult to change the battery if you do this.
Step 5 – Attach the clock hands according to the manufacturer’s instructions included in the movement set. A word of caution – when I first assembled my clock I found that the clock hands were sticking whenever they overlapped. You might need to gently bend the clock hands so that they don’t stick as they pass each other. Mine stopped at 4:20 (which made my husband laugh).
Step 6 – Hang your clock on the wall. Once it’s hung it’s easier to see where the numbers should go. Then attach your numbers to the wall. I didn’t want all the numbers just 12, 3, 6 and 9. I attached them with double sided foam tape.
Here’s my final clock and I really like the way it turned out. It’s hanging in my laundry area, which I recently wallpapered. You can read about that wallpaper project here.
2021 Update: If you’re actually making this clock you should know that I had to ditch the velcro because the bike wheel was too heavy. The clock was leaning in a way that didn’t look quite right.
On round two I used a metal bracket fastened with a screw to a different coaster as the clock center. You can see the details here.