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Directory of products, technologies and resources relating to pedal power, a sub-set of the human-powered approaches to generating electricity.

Do It Yourself

  • DIY / Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    How to Build a Bicycle Generator (PDF) - Building your own generator requires a number of items. A person, a bike, a way of supporting your bike off the ground, a motor, an energy smoothing system and an inverter if you want to use your bike generator to power mains generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy for your generator. (WakingTimes; November 9, 2012)
  • DIY > Emergency Preparedness / Human-Powered > Pedal >
    Bicycle Generator Plans -- Free - Great resource for information on building a bicycle generator. Free plans and part list to use. Detailed information on system efficiency, wiring, and more. Options include direct DC power, or charging a battery bank and running up to 400 watts AC from an inverter. (; Oct. 29, 2010)
  • Pedal Powered Generator - DIY Plans - Every morning, I pedal to generate electricity. The Pedal Generator I ride charges batteries, that run an inverter, that produces 110v AC, that powers LED lights, the monitor on my computer, and many other small battery-powered things. It is the most inspiring workout you can imagine. (David Butcher)
  • Pedal-Powered Generator - David Butcher's bike-like generator might not be the most feasible paradigm, but it works. 400-Watt generator can run a water pump, TV, box fan, air compressor, grinder, vacuum cleaner. General-purpose power source at your pedal-tips.


  • Prizes > Google's 10^100 / Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    Google Announces Project 10^100 Winners - Two years ago, Google asked for ideas for helping as many people as possible, receiving 150,000 ideas from 170 countries. $10 million will be split among five winners, including one energy project, Shweeb, a concept for short to medium distance, urban personal transport, using human-powered vehicles on a monorail. (Google Blog; Sept. 24, 2010)
  • Wind > VAWT / Human-Powered > Pedal Power >
    Wind-Human Hybrid Rickshaw Speeding Down the Streets of Nepal - The wind-human hybrid rickshaw work using windmills made from drum which will rotate when the pedicab began to walk. The windmill is connected to the rear wheels with a side-mounted gear, so when the drum began to rotate its will helps in acceleration, making it easier for the pedicab driver to pedal. (EarthAlternate; June 7, 2010)
  • Pedal-A-Watt Stationary Bike Power Generator - Create electricity pedaling your own bicycle. Site provides detailed assembly instructions, pictures and diagrams, showing step-by-step how to construct your own Pedal-A-Watt generator from readily-available parts. Featured at Super Bowl XLII.
  • Convergence Tech - The Pedal-a-Watt stationary bike power generator is an easy to build stand that will accept any bicycle, creates 150 to 200 watts at 12 to 20 volts DC, easily disengages for immediate road use and folds for transport.
  • Bike Generator - Learn how useful a bike generator can be in terms of energy output and eventual use including plans to build your own.
  • 10 Wild 'N Crazy Bike Designs - Collin Dunn as complied a list of 10 "interesting" bike designs. Some may even be practical. (TreeHugger; Feb. 4, 2009)
  • 150MPG Human Powered Goblin Aero - Goblin Motors’ new line of human powered vehicles are coming online February 2009. These vehicles, known as velomobiles, allow a single occupant to travel faster than a bicycle using their own power. Power assist systems are available as an option. (Alternative Energy News; Jan. 29, 2009)
  • MINI Rick Shaw does rounds in Beijing - To celebrate the MINI Clubman's jump into the PRC, Beijing MINI came up with an extremely novel idea on how to promote their new model and grab some headlines when pretty much most of the media is dedicated to the Oylmpics. (China Times; August 8, 2008)
  • 3rd World > Bikes Power Computers - The non-profit company, Inveneo, is offering inexpensive ways to install and power networks in remote third world areas. Solar and wind systems are backed up by pedal power. (VOA News; Aug. 9, 2006)
  • Windstream Power - Human power generators are based on transforming movement of the human body into electricity. The Human Power Generator MkIII and the Bike Power generator are the solution to energy education in the classroom, failsafe backup power, and productive exercise. Check out the Portable Power Pack and make your HPG even more useful!
  • Foot-Powered Generator Patented - Great Systems, Inc.'s Energy Generation and Storage System (US Patent 7,009,350) can be used indoors, generating up to 1000 Watts using body kinetics, or leg muscle power (or other inputs), to charge a unique spring system that slowly unwinds and spins a high efficiency generator. (eMediaWire; Mar. 9, 2006)
  • Body Rite - HyperBike uses legs, torso, arms and body weight for propulsion, while large wheels make it stable and safe, but fast. The gearing will produce speeds upwards of 50 mph and it will move effectively on all grades. Its center of gravity is below the wheels’ spinning axes, and the lightweight roll cage frame and wheels make it maneuverable and easy to get started.
  • Flycycle: human-powered aircraft test pending - Canadian project objective is to build a practical human-powered aircraft. Their first prototype is nearing completion; testing is pending. Presently a do-it-yourself project, complete with instructions.
  • Pumpabike - Human-powered hydrofoil that can travel up to 18 mph on water captures the essense of portability, exercise, sport and fun. The hydrofoil is used for lift and thrust via an oscillating motion produced while the rider bounces up and down. Unlike most watersports, it has the ability to be used in a wide variety of water conditions.
  • Aquaskipper: Human Powered Flying on Water - Marketplace-available gadget allows you to have fun and exercise on the water without any wind. The Aquaskipper can be purchased at inventist new ($495.95) or refurbished ($349.95) for any extreme sportists who want to give it a go. (TreeHugger; Feb. 11, 2007)
  • Street-Legal Human-Powered Car Video - The HumanCar(.com) operates with four people working in concert like an engine. The two front people 'body-steer' to turn, like a ski or board. Will be available for sale very soon. (CoolFuelTV/Google Video; Dec. 7, 2006)
  • Rhoades Car - 4 wheel bikes that drive like a car! Easier to pedal than a regular bike. The Rhoades Car can be geared down much lower than a regular bike while climbing hills, without the worry of maintaining balance. Independent freewheels let the bike coast without the pedals turning. On 2 seat models, either person can pedal independently of the other person! Comfort unlike any bike you have ever ridden. It's legal to drive on any road that an ordinary bike travels.
  • Cyclean - The pedal powered washing machine.
  • Kronosport - This human/electric powered TAXI can travel up to 12 mph with a range of 25 miles and recharges in 5 to 6 hours. It carries two passengers and sports a mini-trunk for packages or groceries and is also available in a VAN or TRUK model.
  • Palm Imports - 2 & 4 Person Bicycle available as 2 or 4 person QUAD roadster, or 2,4 or 6 person SURRY with canopy top. Electric assist available on Surries and 49cc gas engine kit available on Roadsters. Features include rack and pinion steering, hydraulic disc brakes ( Roadster models) Marine grade vinyl, Shimano type high grade components.

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