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Cycling isn’t just a way for Cara Hamann, 32, of Iowa City, to get outside and exercise. The physical hobby also has turned into a creative one for the postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa College of Public Health who is also an injury epidemiologist, studying transportation-related injuries with an emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian crashes in the Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa.

“I make jewelry just for fun,” she says.

She started tinkering with bike parts in 2010 when she created trophies for The Women of Iowa City Cycling Club’s grass-roots bike race series, Chamois Time, which Hamann codirects.

She turned leftovers from that project into a pair of earrings.

“They turned out great and it was so fun that I kept doing it.”

She started getting requests from others who wanted to purchase her bike-themed jewelry and three years later she has turned her hobby into a small business — CJH Recycled Bicycle Part Jewelry — transforming spare bicycle parts from Geoff’s Bike & Ski in Iowa City into earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

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