The pack-rat habits of Cindy and Brock Garvin came in handy when they decided to try their hand at making bike-inspired jewelry. The passionate cyclists had an easy source of materials in the boxes of parts they couldn’t bear to throw away.
The pair has other sources now – local bike shops keep them well-stocked with chains, spokes and cables – but the goal is the same: Create striking, stylish pieces for all the cyclists out there.
“What really started it was my son,” Brock said from their home in Vernon, BC. “He asked me if I could make him a bracelet from his bike chain.” The catch? He wanted a bracelet with an invisible clasp, so you couldn’t tell where it did up. The result is Re-Cycled Accessories signature “hidden link” bracelet.
“We’re always brainstorming and trying to figure out what could we do with these parts,” Cindy said. They’ve expanded from five designs in 2007 to more than 25 items today, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and belt buckles.
The pair keeps an eye out for the better parts, and recycle what they aren’t able to use.
“People are using really, really expensive chains and really expensive cable sets and stuff like that. Those are all wonderful things to find in the garbage,” Brock said. “Even after their life is over, they’re still really beautiful.”
Some of their materials are unused. In most bike shops, the links removed to shorten the chain when it’s first put on the bike are just thrown away, Cindy said, but the blemish-free pieces shine, making them perfect for high-end pieces such as cufflinks and earrings.
Brock and Cindy are big supporters of the cycling community and are often approached to donate items for fundraisers and other events – something they’re happy to do.
“It’s paying back,” Cindy said, with Brock adding, “I’ve got to give back to a sport that’s given me so much.”