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MAKE Flickr pool member Whymcycles has contributed a great Meatricity powered Christmas tree build.

Colin pedals my Dad’s ’75 Schwinn Exceriser stationary bike..30,000+ miles,
with a fixed magnet electric motor rubbing on the wheel.’ All sizes’ will show the simple clamp set up to hold the motor and the device itself to the fork leg. I used 2 old BMX 4 bolt handlebar clamps (Stems). The motor spins and gets enough juice to light 110 volt electric bulbs, or Christmas lights! 0 carbon footprint, the motor can be tilted away to let the bike function minus the generator. The only weld is a ‘x’ cross of two seat post segments to which the stems attach. Plumbers metal tape would do just as well with bolts hold tight.. Built Fall of ’05. Made merenque..beat the eggs with the electric mixer plugged into the bike! yum.

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