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Worldwide Cycling Atlas produced this excellent video about Maya Pedal Asociación, a Guatemalan organization which has been repurposing bicycles into machines since 1997. Created because of the expense and scarcity of electricity in the municipality of San Andrés Itzapa, their Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered pumps, blenders, threshing machines, and washing machines. They’re doing great work and if you want to help them out, they accept donations (of money or bicycle parts). For more information, check out their site. [Thanks, Manuela!]

Pedaling forward with Maya Pedal

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Crow (@Crow) says:

    Just like on Gilligan’s Island.

  2. Phil Shapiro says:

    I love the laziness (and raw power) of this bicycle-powered hydraulic cider press. Makers understand that laziness is the highest of all virtues. All other virtues flow from laziness.

    1. unclekudzu says:

      “All other virtues flow from laziness.” Ah, therein lies wisdom!

  3. David says:

    Lazyness-as-guide makes for the easiest, most efficient way even if harder in the beginning..

    “Necessity is the mother of invention and laziness is the father.”