Here at Pedal Emporium, we’ve had the pleasure of discussing the great pedal-powered debate with people from all walks of life. There are some who think pedal power is nothing more than a waste of time, but overall, most believe that pedal power is a positive development.
It will come as no surprise that we absolutely love all things pedal-powered, and every Friday we'll be bringing you the latest and greatest pedal-powered and bicycle-related news from across the globe. Today we take a look at how to give your home a green makeover with these top 5 handy pedal-powered devices.
1. The pedal-powered lamp
Designed and prototyped by Italian designer Gionata Gatto, this pedal-powered lamp - also known as the Pedalator - is a simple and elegant machine which produces an hour of light for every 5 minutes of pedalling.
Discussing his ideas behind the Pedalator, Gatto said, “In my mind I evoked the picture of a post-industrial background where architectonic carcasses of a civilization in decline would emerge from a scenario of complete abandonment. This would be the context where people will have to discover different energy production’s methods”.
2. The bicycle powered television
Stationed in the ‘Standing Hat’ room at the Cottage Lodge, an eco-friendly Bed & Breakfast in the village of Brockenhurst, this pedal-powered television is just one of the eco-initiatives installed by the owner. Speaking with the Telegraph, owner Christina Simons said:
“I focused on three things when constructing the room: reducing waste, minimising pollution and using resources with the lowest impact possible. I also wanted to show that being green can also be exciting and fun, and guests love cycling on the bike.”
We certainly give the Cottage Lodge a big, green thumbs up.
3. The pedal-powered multi-tasker
From charging your mobile phone to churning butter, this device is an extremely handy multi-tasker capable of generating 100 watts of electricity per minute. Designed by Andy Wekin and Steve Blood, co-founders of Pedal Power, the Big Rig pedal-powered machine is now for sale following their extremely successful Kickstarter campaign.
The pair started designing the Big Rig after questioning why bicycles, which are 97% energy efficient, were only used for transportation purposes. What an excellent question!
4. The bicycle blender
A superb way of encouraging healthy eating, a bicycle blender or smoothie maker is a must for any eco-friendly home. Our very own bicycle blender has toured the UK over the past few years, attending festivals and workshops to provide pedal-powered smoothies for thirsty pedallers.
Easy to create and even easier to use, we will soon be posting further DIY projects to demonstrate just how straightforward it is to construct your own pedal-powered generator. Watch this space!
5. The pedal-powered sewing machine
For crafty sew-and-sews eternally busy with their sewing machines, we give you the wondrous pedal-powered sewing machine. Green Guru, crafters of recycled innertube gear, take their pedal-powered sewing machine to events and expos to run live demonstrations.
Feeling inspired to transform your home into a pedal-powered haven? For advice and guidance on pedal-powered generators, get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help. If you’re busy constructing your own pedal-powered invention, let us know about it:
Author: Nia Campbell