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Pedal Power

In Work, Leisure, and Transportation

  • How to produce your own energy from a stationary bicycle!

  • Perform kitchen tasks using pedal-powered equipment!

  • Watch TV from electricity produced at home!

  • Actual building instructions for a newly designed energy cycle!

Edited by James C. McCullagh

With Contributions From:
David Gordon Wilson; Stuart S. Wilson; John McGeorge; Mark Blossom; Diana Branch

Copyright 1977 Rodale Press

ISBN 0-87857-178-7

 

Contents



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE:
Human Muscle Power in History --
    David Gordon Wilson
The Manpower Plow of Shantung
Handcranking
Levers Actuated by Arm and Back Muscles
Capstans
Treadmills
Legs on Treadles
Leg Muscles Used in Cranking
Pedal Power in the Workshop

CHAPTER TWO:
Pedal Power on the Land: The Third
    World and Beyond -- -Stuart S. Wilson
Transportation
Stationary Pedal Power
    The Dynapod
    The Winch
Pedal Drives for Irrigation Pumps
Pedal Drives for Borehole Pumps

CHAPTER THREE:
Multiuse Energy Cycle: Foot-Powered
    Generator -- Diana Branch
The Energy Cycle
    Genesis of an Idea
    Testing Program
    Refinements in Design
Winch
Homemade Foot-Powered Generator
    Materials
    Building Instructions
Rear-wheel Bicycle Adapter
    Materials
    Building Instructions

CHAPTER FOUR:
American Tinkerer: Further Applications
    of Pedal Power -- John McGeorge
The Frame
The Jackshaft
The Flywheel
Making a Flywheel
The V-belt Pulley
Possible Applications
    Trash Can Washing Machine
    The Wood Saw
    Water Pumping
    The Pitcher Pump
    Log Splitter
    Cider Press

CHAPTER FIVE:
Treadle Power in the Workshop -- Mark Blossom
Hand-Made Toys
Construction
Renaissance of Hand Crafts

CHAPTER SIX:
The Future Potential for Muscle Power --
    David Gordon Wilson
High-Power Devices
Low-Power Special-Feature Devices
Low-Power "Convenience" or "Status" Devices
Need for Improved Muscle-Power Delivery Systems
A Recumbent Bicycle
A Pedaled Lawn Mower
Pedaled Boats
Yacht Battery-Charging Generator
Irrigation Pumps
Tire Pumps
Saws
Sewing Machines, Typewriters
Cooling Fans
Delivery Vehicles
Railbike
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Systems

CONCLUSION

POSTSCRIPT

APPENDIX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

This material provided under "Fair Use" guidelines.

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