Though there are countless cycle-powered transportation ideas -- ambulances, buses, blimps even -- an even larger amount of pedal-powered pieces can be seen in the last few years. Pedalling is now more than a mere means of transportation.
People are taking on an increasing number of roles and hobbies. In the workaholic culture of present day, efficiency is key. Losing weight, conserving energy, doing your daily chores (laundry, anyone?) all at the same time is possible by pedal propulsion; why not kill three birds with one stone? Alternatively, since the world is so electronic and automatic, sometimes it is nice to see tangible results coming from one's own sweat and toil. This concept is grounds for pieces like the pedal-powered Christmas tree lights, or the renowned NYC New Years ball drop.
Extending this concept to less developed countries allows the less fortunate to harness the power of human-created kinetic energy to do basic, but necessary tasks like purifying water. Zero equipment purchases necessary.
Cycle-powered devices give you new motivation to put the pedal to the metal.
28 Unlikely Cycle-Powered Devices
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Transforming Kinetic Bikes
Energy Generating Gymcycles
Pedaler Powered Billboard