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Slightly off topic - cycle powered appliances(3 posts)

Slightly off topic - cycle powered appliancessuperdog
Jan 2, 2004 8:22 PM
The recent power outages in my area have spured me to look into alternate energy sources. One thing that came to mind was pedal powered appliances. Has anyone built anything themselves?

Has anyone seen anything on the net? I'd like to be able to use a trainer to power a fan to circulate hot air from my fireplace. I once saw plans to build a pedal powered washing machine. Now I can't find it.

It would probably be a lot easier to buy a gas or diesel generator but I thought it would be an interesting search.
Quake at the power of GOOGLE!!!Akirasho
Jan 2, 2004 9:05 PM
...pop pedal powered appliances into the Google search field and have at it Gilligan!!!

Be the bike.
re: Slightly off topic - cycle powered applianceswooden legs
Jan 3, 2004 9:12 AM
in some areas of central america and south america my friends travelled to last year people ran "appliances" off direct mechanical cycle power, i.e. no electricity generated, just mechanical motion. cycle powered blender is the favorite, we have one back home now, you can get it to rediculous rpms. lots of the more energy intensive applications used what they called a "freewheel" which was a wheel where the spoke area was filled with cement, the extra weight and momentum allowing for much more energy generated.

if you want clean backup electricity, look into diesel generators powered off used veggi oil, super easy conversion, basically the only thing you have to do is heat the oil slightly to lower the viscosity.