A good starting point for pedal power is to see what others with fewer resources have managed to do, such as setting up a bicycle for foot or hand cranking to charge a car battery through an old VW car alternator. On the sidebar I have had a feed for “Me Tech” or appropriate technology or “vernacular engineering”. You may copy this into your own feed reader to keep up to date.

It would be kind of interesting if school kids can race cars on the video game and on their bicycle.

Or, listen to KYUK public radio while cycling on the new Anton Anvil Bike and Walk Path.

Some of the projects have been done with old parts or by making new motors and generators from old wire. It may also be able to work with battery specialists, such as ABS Battery in Alaska, for instructions and parts. By the way, ABS Battery used to have a program for backhauling old batteries, to get them out of the dumps. They also had set ups for generating household power through wind, that would be stored in batteries. They are a nice group to work with.
ABS Alaskan, Inc. , http://www.absak.com/contact.html
2130 Van Horn Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
ph: (907) 451-7145
fax: (907) 451-1949
Map to Our Fairbanks Store
Toll Free (AK/Can): (800) 478-7145
Email: absATabsakDOTcom

The two main websites of this combined “Me Tech” news feed are Afrigadget and the Malawi Windmill Blog.

Another version is from MAKE magazine.

Detailed descriptions and how to calculate your own requirements for electricity come from

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