Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 09:28:26 PM
Are you a grease monkey? Wish you could fiddle with your bike without being nagged by your partner or warned by parents not to turn the house into a garage?
If you want to stay close to your passion, how about adding it to the aesthetics of your house without offending the others?
Everybody is into recycling these days. Which begs the question- why not bikes? Very often our bikes might give up on us but we're still attached to them and can't even dream of giving up on them.
We have memories of the first time we rode a bike, our first shiney new bike and those short and long hauls on it.
One of the simplest ways to continue with this passion is to turn them into things of utility that could serve our daily needs, like a piece of furniture or art.
Creating something like this is just not about passion it also needs a bit of creativity.
Metal is one of the best materials to use while creating something unique. It can be twisted, turned and molded into various shapes based on your need.
Don’t let convention bind you, just imagine – reading under a lamp made from a piston, or working on your laptop while it rests on the chassis of a motorbike right in the middle of your study room, or sitting on a stack of tires — put a few cushions on it and voila that’s your own, very unique and comfortable seat.
For those who think tearing down a bike to make furniture is sacrilegous, don’t worry. Do that only if you have no use for the bike anymore.
You could also just get together spares and other unwanted parts of the bike, instead of letting them gather dust in a corner of your house.
Or do a bit of shopping, there are a lot of scrap bikes and spare parts available in the market.
Grease monkey tricks
►Dismantle your ride, shift it tour house and reassemble it. Make a glass showcase around it, like an inverted fish tank and you can use it as a table top or a bar. Don’t forget to drain out all the oil from the engine.
►Take four tyres or more (all of the same type preferably) depending on the height of the coffee table you want. Now make a glass top that fits with the diameter of the tyre and place it over them.
You could glue it all together if you want to make it a permanent fixture and you have a unique coffee table.
►Take your fuel tank, slice it in half and join the two halves with hinges. Fix a handle on the other side and you have a cool tool box.
A passionate biker, Roger D'Souza believes dreams come true. Part of the regular corporate market for over six years, this 27-year-old professional transformed his passion to his living. He has launched Grease Monkee on NIBM Road, where he gets the opportunity to share his experience with bikes and biking products (bikers furniture, gears, accessories, customised and vintage/classic bikes)