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27 hours later...(7 posts)

27 hours later...CritLover
Aug 15, 2003 5:15 PM
Hooray, I finally have POWER! No, not the kind that helps me from getting dropped on the local climbs, rather the kind that allows me to get online and see what all the crazies on this board are up to.

After throwing out all the food I bought yesterday, I began to recall an article I had once read about a man who lived without electricity and had his bike set up to generate the little power he needed.

Is anyone familiar with this set-up? Is it fairly easy to set this up as a backup? And if anyone does know about it, how long would you have to ride to juice up small appliances? Coffee would've been awesome after sleeping outside last night (at least I got to see some shooting stars!).

(I;m no engineering expert, please explain for the lay person)
re: 27 hours later...collegiateryder
Aug 15, 2003 6:09 PM
i remember seeing lance powering the ESPN building in a commercial for sports center a while back. i know thats a stretch but this post brought it to mind.
re: 27 hours later...gray8110
Aug 15, 2003 7:44 PM
WANTED: Cyclists with power - as a backup to the National Power Grid, we are seeking motivated self starters willing to produce no less than 400 watts on their bicycle. Respond immediately
Reddy Kilowattchar
Aug 15, 2003 9:45 PM
Yeah, I remember reading that also. My recollection is Europe, WW II, bicycles were setup to power the radios. It may have been in American Heritage magazine. You may need to use RV appliances, 12 volt stuff. The 110 AC stuff in your house makes it a little more expensive. Check out solar power websites to find out more. To make coffee, use gas, get a small backpacking stove, or a 2-burner Coleman stove. Just boil water and pour thru the filter assembly, that's what I use and bring to the races. Or make Cowboy Coffee (ok, Cowgirl) just boil water, add grinds, steep and pour carefully into cup. The secret is to put a very cold spoon in the pan before pouring.

And the one usefull article I remember from Bicycling was the chipper/shredder powered by your bicycle, late 70s, If I recollect.

re: 27 hours later...Ironbutt
Aug 16, 2003 9:06 AM
Technically, it would be simple to hook up a small alternator to your bicycle to generate electricity. The problem is in powering the thing to produce power. I believe that the average cyclist is capable of a sustained output of approximately 250-300 watts. This is not a lot of power. The average light bulb in your home is probably a 100 watt bulb, and my coffeemaker consumes about 650 watts. I wouldn't want to work that hard for my morning cup, and I'm one of those who wonders about non coffee drinkers. I mean, how do you wake up and face the day when you know you aren't going to feel any better all day? There is no life before coffee!
Aug 16, 2003 2:44 PM
Thanks for the info. 650 watts? Sure, no problem. It would have to be the world's fastest coffee machine.

I'll check out the solar stuff, maybe I can find something. I'll share it here if I do.

Camping equipment is also a great idea, didn't even occur to me. I think I'll invest in some as a backup plan.
300 W is plenty53T
Aug 16, 2003 5:27 PM
You need a battery, just crank out 300W for 30 minutes and you can run a 1000W hair dryer for 10 minutes off the battery you just charged. BTW, 110AC is cheaper to make than DC, as alternators are cheaper to buy than DC generators, and about 1/2% more efficient.