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!]
8 thoughts on “Pedal Powered Machines by Maya Pedal”
Just like on Gilligan’s Island.
I love the laziness (and raw power) of this bicycle-powered hydraulic cider press. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwqQeIN5suY Makers understand that laziness is the highest of all virtues. All other virtues flow from laziness.
“All other virtues flow from laziness.” Ah, therein lies wisdom!
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.”
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