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Here in the UK, we love drying our laundry outside . . .

It is free, 100% environmentally friendly and it is always raining in England.
Oh well, did I mention that it is free?

So check out this bicycle-related Instructable that I actually use.

  • Approx 20 feet of drying space.
  • Design turns in the breeze to dry laundry more quickly.
  • If grey clouds appear, can be carried indoors with one hand (fully laden).
  • Manufactured from reclaimed materials.
  • Technology utilises wind and solar energy to dry your big, animal print Dr. Pepper® Y-Fronts!
I am far too mean (and/or green) to waste energy on something which nature does for free!
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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  • An old bike wheel (mine is a road bike wheel).
  • Clothes line x 24 ft (min), the cheap nylon-core stuff is best.
  • Cord lock x 2 (from an old jacket etc.)
  • Paracord or nylon tent cord (length as required).
  • Store trouser hanger, S-hook, carabiner (or similar*).
  • Fingers.
  • Patience.
  • Tools, if you need to remove spokes, tyre etc.
  • Clothes pegs (US: clothespins). 
* Hook needs a swivel to enable the airer to turn in the breeze (optional).

Step 2: Strip and Clean the Bike Wheel

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1. Remove the tyre, inner tube, rim tape and all the spokes.
(I kept them for spares and for other projects -- like making potstands for alcohol stoves!)

2. Scrub and clean the wheel, rinse and allow to dry.

Step 3: Prepare the Clothes Line

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1. Find the centre of the clothes line.
(If you can reclaim an offcut of clothes line, you will be extremely green!)

2. Make an overhand knot at the centre.

3. Choose 2 spoke holes as a starting point, it does not matter where.

such a cool idea!
louis.m1 year ago
This proves,
The simple ideas are often the best.
tukmol1 year ago
Soose1 year ago
Neat work, cool green project, well-done instructable! Makes me wonder why I never saw the drying rack in the bicycle rim before...
HelenaTroy1 year ago
great idea, and very green!
Tupulov1 year ago
Well done! A simple, space saving solution. Well done indeed!
Why didn't I think of this? Very nice!
rimar20001 year ago
Very clever recycling!

my mom loves it really cool

uersel9 months ago
Thank you for the inspiration! Had a spare rim left and took the chance...
eblackman11 year ago
I'll be doing this. nice work.
snotty1 year ago
Holy hella pair of Y fronts.
5 stars just for that.
Gadisha1 year ago
I love this, have been looking for a durable alternative for those 'made in china' plastic laundry drying wheels for a while now and this is perfect!
oilitright1 year ago
I like projects for which I can identify a need that I might have someday and when they are within my ability to replicate is double good. 3D printers and arudinos being totally out of my reach.
LesB1 year ago
Nice undies
DeeRilee1 year ago

I wonder if suspended from 3 lines of equal length, instead of 4 lines, the "balancing problem" would be solved. You could use a snap-swivel, or something similar, to let it rotate.
If only I had a wheel off a penny farthing...
wow! Why have I never thought of this?! The possibilities are endless! Make it a bit more sturdy than the clothes-hanger/thread (use wire instead) and you could use it to hang plants.
Or for balcony/garden decoration add some christmas lights on the outside (or inside). With glass-beads or old CDs... Thanks for sharing this! :) I'm so inspired right now, I gotta find me an old bike wheel. :)
JohanJShaw (author)  anneangersbach1 year ago
Thanks! The hanger's days are numbered. I thought it would have broken by now. I will make something better to replace it. Glad you found this useful.
alisonb1 year ago
I love this. As a fellow UK'er who likes to dry washing outside it is a great way to save line space for your 'smalls'.

Are spokes easy to remove? I have dodgy arthritic fingers and thumbs so don't have much gripping strength anymore, I may have to bow down and ask the live in human monkey to do that bit for me.
JohanJShaw (author)  alisonb1 year ago
Spokes can be tough to remove, especially if corroded. I let a bit of WD40 soak in, then used a screwdriver bit on my drill and a spoke wrench. I suppose you could just cut them off, but I was trying to save them. Arthritis? Monkey help sounds good...
did your underwear scare the other clothing on the wheel?

Rule #1: It's not nice to aire your dirty laundry in front of others.
i just run the leg holes on a ceiling fan blades and let them spin.
5 blades for 5 days.
then that would be centrifugal or was that centripetal force to account for the black stripes on the wall?
Hmm, maybe keep the wheel on the bike to spin dry...