This is my bicycle wheel clock.
My moment of glory.
For one brief shining instant….we were winners over at the East Coast Creative contest….my clock and I.
It was amazing.
But you know what’s better than painting a chalkboard wall and adding roman numerals to it and hanging a clock made out of a bicycle wheel on it and then winning the first round of an incredible contest?
What could possibly be better than that?
Getting the bicycle wheel for free.
Free. Free. Free. Oh….wait for it….umm….free.
Can you even believe it? I walked into a bicycle shop and randomly explained to the resident bike expert that I wanted to make a clock and I needed a cute bike wheel that had preferably been around the block a time or two.
Wordlessly he stared at me.
I don’t really know why.
I’m sure they get that request all the time.
And then he went to the back where they keep all the spare wheels for people who come in with clock requests and he handed me this bicycle wheel.
I totally wish he could see his wheel now.
He’d probably charge me for it. 🙂
Bicycle Wheel Clock with Yardstick Hands
Paint stick can lid
Clock kit specifically designed for large hands
Step 1: Purchase a kit from any craft store specifically designed to power big hands.
Remove torque, insert a AA battery and attach to center of bicycle wheel using wire or adhesive tape.
Step 2: Drill a hole in the center of a paint can lid.
The hole should be large enough to fit over the center mechanism of the torque.
Place over center spoke of torque.
When you are done it should look something like this.
Step 3: Cut out yardstick hands
I used a vintage yardstick.
Cut longer hand 16″ and shorter hand 8″ long. You may need to adjust length depending on size of bike wheel. Notch out the end of each hand to resemble and arrow and cut small triangles of yardstick and attach to the other end of the yardstick hand to form an arrow.
Step 4: Drill holes in yardstick and attach parts of clock hands
Drill a hole 5 1/2 inches from the notched end of the longer hand.
Drill a hole 1 inch from the notched end of the shorter hand.
Cut circles from the hands of the clock kit and hot glue around the holes that you just drilled.
Step 5: Attach yardstick hands to the center spoke of torque
The center spoke on the torque is designed to have a space between the two hands. This is critical to make sure the hands turn properly. Make sure there is a space as shown in the picture.
Attach the washer from the kit to the very top of the center spoke of the torque. Tighten the washer until hands are fastened securely.
Depending on the thickness of your yardstick, you may have to countersink the washer to ensure everything fits properly on the center spoke.
Step 6: Attach weights to the back of the longer hand
Hot glue washers to the back of the longer hand until the hand is balanced properly on the center spoke.
We attached four washers, but you may need more or less depending on the weight of your clock hands.
Step 7: Adjust your hands to the right time using the tiny dial on the torque.
Hang on a chalkboard and chalk in some roman numerals.
I really want to make another one.
Do you think I could casually drop by the bicycle shop and ask him for another?
Emphasis on the casually.
I wouldn’t want him going up on his prices. 🙂