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PDQ
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 19, 2003 4:51:43 PM
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What you are looking for , I believe, falls into the catagory of "apropiate technologies" or "human powered" Anyhow, the site below will get you started.
I cant help with any technecal info since I am just starting to look into it myself.

http://www.los-gatos.ca.us/davidbu/pedgen.html
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#2 Posted : Friday, June 20, 2003 4:02:59 AM
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Try the Home Power site, they have a lot of good info:
www.homepower.com/

basic generator and electrical info:
www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/ert/electgen.html
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/question658.htm

some other bike generator set ups:
http://users.erols.com/mshaver/bikegen.htm
www.homesteadingtoday.com/homestead/Countryside/Wca02a3421f4fd.htm
www.detailshere.com/bicyclegenerator.htm
http://ww2.green-trust.org:8383/2000/humanpower.htm

very basic (few details) lot of pop ups, but an idea:
http://mercury.sfsu.edu/~art511_j/emerging.2000.f/heather/heatherpatent.html



PDQ
#3 Posted : Friday, June 20, 2003 4:09:00 PM
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I wanted to correct myself and say,it is not so much "human power" which usually is relates to human powered vehicles. Interesting but not what you are looking for. However, "pedal electric generators" and "pedal power" is. Heres a site that sells them ready to go. It looks like for $225. http://www.econvergence.net/electro.htm

Unrelated but also interesting is the items you can tow with a bike. Like Canoes.http://www.victoriabybike.com/trailers.htm

P.S. I would like to hear how you make out.

mikeg
#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 24, 2003 7:19:00 PM
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Good way to get the kids away from the TV, saw one in a magazine where they hooked up a stationary bike to a generating device and in order to watch tv you had to use peddel power.
FilthyK
#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 25, 2003 2:46:49 PM
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Beeeeaaaautiful link, PDQ!!

That''s exactly what I am looking for! It just seems like a waste to put all that energy into getting some fitness and not getting back something from it other than just good health.

That''s funny, too, because I''ve read so much about "closing the loop" when it comes to composting, recycling and water use, but not with enrgy production.

Very cool and thanks again...
Paul™
#6 Posted : Wednesday, July 16, 2003 11:23:43 PM
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Hey something like that would be great for charging a back-up battery while hitting the ol'' elliptical cross trainer!
Penagashea
#7 Posted : Tuesday, July 22, 2003 11:25:12 PM
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Hey! I like this! I loved the idea of pedal power since ''85 when CBS news did a story of mountian recluse who ran his washer this way!
I want green electric when I get land but want something more affordable and nicer looking than solar/wind. I have my eye on that new Lutec 1000 generator (lutec 1000.com) but it''s not in production yet. So I have been thinking of just a propane generator. I wanted a veggie generator but I''m moving to an area that has a shortage of french fry oil and don''t feel an hour drive is feasible so propane is all I can afford right now(I cringe thinking of that one!) maybe this would help to lighten my propane use? Anyone have any advice?
FilthyK
#8 Posted : Tuesday, July 22, 2003 11:25:12 PM
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I am one of those people who doesn't mind hard, physical work, but finds exercise to be repetitious and boring. So, I thought it would be cool to have exercise equipment, like a stationary bike, hooked up to ones powergrid to generate extra energy. It seems silly to waste energy just exercising when you could turn it into extra wattage for the home. I am not saying one should *depend* on such equipment for energy needs, but every little bit helps, right?

Does anyone know of any links where I could see stuff like this?
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