Video: 9 ingenious ways to use discarded front derailleurs

Fairdale Bikes R&D department finds new uses for this dying breed

Front derailleurs aren’t just a dying breed on mountain bikes. If SRAM has its way, the front derailleur will go the way of the dodo on road bikes as well. But this castaway component can still be put to use in many different ways. It just requires a bit of ingenuity.

Fairdale Bikes has tasked its R&D department with finding new uses for this once-critical component.The newly formed Fairdale Bikes Front Derailleur Repurposing Division (FBFDRD) is focused on honoring the front derailleur by finding new and practical uses for this beloved bicycle mechanism.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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