I found a video of a cycle powered movie on YouTube this afternoon. I thought it was a great idea. I would love to see my local cycle club sponsor such an event. It would be awesome! I posted the video on the CYCLEBUTTCRACK facebook page.
Well this got me thinking about using legs to power other things. There is the cycle powered water pump. I then found this video explaining how to create a bicycle generator.
I did a little more research. I would have to do more before I get set it up however, I am reasonably confident that with my wiring ability, the correct inverter and a couple hundred dollars in parts… I could generate power and feed it back to the grid with pedal power. That is right I could make my electrical meter run backwards. Also I have access to exercise bikes with alternators built in, which would save me several steps. You could call me a geek, a tree hugger, green, curious or just plain stupid; I don’t really care. However, I do now that it always feels good to stick it to the man. Making my electrical meter run backwards would definitely stick it to the man. I don’t think it would be hard to find motivation to jump on the trainer for my off season training if I were sticking it to the man in the process 🙂