As a kid growing up in Vermont I was fascinated by the Guinness Book of World Records (remember the guy with the super long fingernails?!). Somewhere in the back of my mind I always thought it would be great to set a record, especially - since innovation is one of the things that drives me - a record for something no one else had thought of.
We collect tons of used bike chain every month from bike shops all over the US. Most of the chain we collect gets recycled into our products, but some of the chain is too rusty or too dirty or just too worn out. Historically, that chain has gone to a local metal recycler, but for the last few years we've been saving chain with one idea in mind...
To create the longest bike chain in the world and have it certified by Guinness!
Last year we approached them about the idea and they liked it. There's no existing record (yay!) but they gave us a formidable minimum length we need to beat plus a bunch of other helpful rules. Cool!
Right now we are in the planning stages. The goal is to prep the site over the summer and then set the record in the fall. Our plan is to do the technical work ourselves, and then reach out to our community of friends, colleagues, families, and students at the local Mosier Community School to put the chains together. We're also hoping to do a fund-raising tie in with the school.
Stay tuned for updates. Thanks for recycling! Graham