Pedal Powered World: Literally

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Pedal Powered World: Literally

This is part 8 of an ~8-part series I’m doing on bike-powered devices. If you’ve got a link to another device that should be included or a better-documented version of any of these, comment below. I learned about most of these devices through the old-news Innovate or Die contest.

Wow: go pedals. I’m in awe at the sheer number of things that people have powered with bikes, and I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface. Thanks to people who have sent me additions to my initial lists. Here’s the 31 things we’ve found bike-powered thus far:

1. Vacuum fridge
2. Blender
3. Ice cream Maker
4. Cotton Candy Spinner (added by Kai Williams)

1. Universal Nut Sheller
2. Water Pump and Filter
3. Water Purifier
4. Water Mover, Filter, and Pump

Outdoor Tools
1. Mulcher
2. Snow Plow
3. Lawnmower Bike
4. Compost Turner

Shop Tools
1. Multi-Tool
2. Inertia Welder
3. Hacksaw
4. Air Compressor

Household Tools
1. Sweeper
2. Washing Machine
3. Television
4. Christmas Lights (or at least lights connected to a pedal-powered generator)

Power Generation
1. Suspension Energy Scavenger
2. “Big Wooden Wheel” (to supposedly smooth power output)
3. Pedal Power API (both mechanical and electrical energy generation)

Bikes Moving Unlike Bikes
1. Bikeyak
2. Snow Car
3. (Bigger) Amphibious Cycle
4. Tandem (without having to see your co-rider)
5. Family Truckster
6. Rat Patrol Oz’s Amphibious Tall Couch Trike, thanks to Gentry:


7.A taxi trailer (welded) in Namibia, thanks to Aaron Wieler:


(plans for my design, an (admittedly less aesthetically pleasing) no-weld pedicab, can be found here)

8. And, last but far from least, the Microship:


Thanks to Steven Roberts for building and submitting this beautiful bike-able boat.

Without further ado, I’m going to go look for more bikes in the garbage:)

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Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman makes stuff, some of which works. He invites you to drive a bike for a living (, stop killing your garden (, and live in an off-grid shipping container (

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