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A wind chime made from Surly bike parts, on a tree branch hovering over snowy groundClose up view of a wind chime made from Surly bike parts, on a tree branch hovering over snowy ground

For all you craft nerds out there, I thought I would share a little project I did a while back.  I was struggling to figure out something cool to give my mom for Christmas, so I did some brain storming and came up with the idea to make a wind chime from old bike parts.  Lucky for me, I have access to a pile of scrapped Surly frames and a garage full of old bike parts.


If you go online and search for something like “DIY wind chime”, you will get a crap ton of instructions on how to do it.  Like most things on the internet, some instructions are great and some are garbage.  You will read a lot about tuning the notes of the wind chime to make a musical chord and the construction methods needed to get the best resonance out of the tube.  For example, the tube should be mounted 22.4% of the total length from the end of the tube.  This measurement puts the mount in a vibration node and helps the tube ring louder and longer… cool.

In the end, I grabbed three Surly LHT frames and cut the top tube, down tube, and seat tube out of each of them for the chime.  I used a bent spoke for the hook on top, brake and shift cables throughout, a disc rotor to space out my tube mounts, a cassette cog for my “striker”, and a Surly OD chainring for my wind catcher on the bottom.

I didn’t get in to tuning my wind chime like a lot of the DIY stuff tells you to do.  This had me nervous that my wind chime would sound like a box of scrap metal; however, I was happy to find that the chime I threw together doesn’t sound half bad.  Sounds like a wind chime!

Anyway, if you’re a pack rat like me that can’t throw things away, maybe there are a few wind chimes in your future as well.  Happy crafting folks!

About ThorHammer

Thor Shellum a.k.a. ThorHammer

Thor designs frames, tires, and lots of other parts for Surly. He has trouble fitting into most hats, as his head is surprisingly rotund, and he wears flip-flops as soon as it’s warm enough. On a bike, Thor rides like normal people can’t, which he always does on platform pedals in Vans with no socks because, and I’m quoting here, “I like to feel everything.” In short, Thor gets rad on a regular basis.