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    leftover links from new chains.

    I've been saving my pieces for years now. So far I've been able to make one regular-length chain from them. Of course, it's not all one color. What do you do with yours?
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    I do some blacksmithing, so I save them for pattern welding. But doing it with chain is tough - cool though.
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    bracelet, and mine's not the same color either
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    I put mine in ziplock bags, label them, put them away and forget where I put them.

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    I made a cassete wear indicator tool out of one (similar to the Rohloff HG-IG-Check), some are on my camelbak for spare links on the trail, others are in a pile on the shelf.
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    How do you connect all the parts of the chain?

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    I make key chains out of them... I have them on 3 sets of keys.

    I've debated on using old chains in artwork before.. Maybe around a frame or something.
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    I use them as industrial strength garrotes, for when I need to take down large prey silently.
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    Thumbs up Pattern welding - nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    I do some blacksmithing, so I save them for pattern welding. But doing it with chain is tough - cool though.
    Very cool!

    Built a 30-ton hydraulic forging press last year and have been bitten hard by the damascus bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    bracelet, and mine's not the same color either
    Put Road ID on it...

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    I made a DIY Squeezer out of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    So far I've been able to make one regular-length chain from them.
    Wow - that is an astounding achievement. You deserve the green-wrenching-in-green-transport award.

    I use 108 links from a 114 link chain, so have about 6 left over each time, so will make an extra chain every 19 new chains or so.
    Of course, it will require 19 Connex links....

    I may have used up 19 chains in my life, but no match - they varied from 6-speed through to 8, 9 and 10 speed so no go for me.

    I keep my leftovers as wear check references for new chain roller clearance. And I have removed and used a new roller here and there.

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    Saved the first Campy 11 bit (see keychain). All else, trash.

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    Our shop has a guy who takes the recycling and trash away. He basically does it for the scrap metal. I put all that stuff in his bin. Of course at $14/100# it would take you a long time to benefit from this.

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    I connect old chains and scraps together. When they reach about 30 feet, i make a spiral bowl out of the and a friend tack welds them into place. I only ride stainless chains so they shine up nice.

    Friend of mine wraps picture frames with old chain for his cyling photos which is pretty cool looking.

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    can these be recycled at a scrap metal center? (steel)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samh View Post
    can these be recycled at a scrap metal center? (steel)?
    Absolutely, and if you have no other use for them that's where they should go. If your city recycles steel cans and jar lids, you can toss them in with that for curbside pickup.

    However, don't think you can get anything for recycled non-stainless steel. The going rate is a few cents per pound, and If a recycler has to come to pick it up you'll pay him for the time and fuel used. When I manufactured I could get rid of steel scrap for free, but when they were also there to buy my brass.
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    They make good little pieces of weight. Useful for throwing at dogs coming at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    I've been saving my pieces for years now. So far I've been able to make one regular-length chain from them. Of course, it's not all one color. What do you do with yours?
    Actually, with your bits, I had them melted down and reformed. You like?


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    I use them to chew on whenever I have days like this one.
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