Some bike parts lose the ability to perform as designed, but it's nice to see creative ideas to repurpose bike parts in new ways. Reader Song, an ex-Navy officer and current design graduate student at Stanford University, came up with a brilliant (literally) use of a cracked Spinergy Rev-X wheel. When Song hits the market with his degree, a bike design company would be smart to snap him up. All text and photos below are credited to Song.
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People usually have a love-it-or-hate-it relationship with Spinergy Rev-X wheels, but when I saw a damaged specimen at a flea market, I figured I just had to buy it and think of something to do with it. Pages of design sketches later, the Xtralight ceiling lamp was conceived.
The key design goal was to keep the aesthetics as clean as possible, letting the wheel's original character shine. To keep the electronics low-profile, I used strip LED circuits arranged around each quadrant between the spokes for the light source. Four laser-cut and sandblasted acrylic panes (covering each quadrant) diffuse the light to give it a softer, warmer character.
You can control the brightness by twisting the NDS axle stub, which was repurposed as a dimmer knob / switch. The shaft connecting the lampshade to the ceiling is a length of PVC pipe, covered with a carbon-fiber vinyl wrap to match the wheel. The LED transformer and dimmer mechanicals are also housed within the shaft to preserve the clean look.
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The best part about the lamp - I get to use it every day (and night) in my bedroom where it has replaced the original ceiling lamp - with my wife's kind consent!