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Re-Cycled Accessories Hidden Link Bicycle Chain BraceletThe Hidden Link Bicycle Chain bracelet is the one that got Brock and Cindy Garvin started in the recycled bicycle jewelry business. It's made with recycled SRAM or Shimano chains.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Ludlow Street BraceletThe Ludlow Street Bracelet by Re-Cycled Accessories is inspired by fixed-gear bikes, and features a single spoke and one chain roller bracelet.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Twin Cable Bracelet and Dual Bicycle Link NecklaceTwin shifter cables are laced through single chain links to make the Twin Shifter Cable Bracelet. The Dual Bicycle Link Necklace is made with links that have been twisted and paired.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Vertigo EarringsThe Vertigo earrings are made from bicycle spokes and chain rollers.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Twin Spoke BraceletThis bracelet is fashioned from two bangles made from recycled bicycle spokes.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Vertigo SetRe-Cycled Accessories Vertigo design falls into the company's more formal collection. The pendant is designed from a recycled stainless bicycle spoke and hangs with a single bike chain roller from bicycle shifter cables braided together.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Bicycle Chain Link EarringsSingle bicycle chain link earring with titanium hooks or studs are made from recycled SRAM or Shimano chains.
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Re-Cycled Accessories Chain Mail ChokerThe chain mail section of this necklace from Re-Cycled Accessories is made with recycled bicycle chain links, jump rings and Presta valve nuts.
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.”