- 5:04 pm - Wed, Nov 7, 2012
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Nelson “Kio” Mukiika has a machine shop of sorts in the Kasese district of western Uganda. I say “of sorts” because he does not have access to basic measuring tools. Nevertheless, Mukiika is able to disassemble old bikes and re-weld them together into creations of his own design: Three-wheeled hand-powered bicycles. …
Mukiika can produce the trikes for about $170, well out of reach for the average Ugandan. (More than a third of the population live on a little over $1 a day.) The funding is provided by CanUgan. You can volunteer your time, form a support group, or make a donation to the organization here.
(via CanUgan x Mukiika: Turning Old Bicycles into Hand-Powered Trikes for the Disabled - Core77)
- 4:18 pm - Sun, Nov 4, 2012
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Speaking of bike hacks: How about a mowercycle?
Get exercise while mowing the lawn — without using gasoline!
An Unconsumption reader sent this photo to us some time ago. (The source has since made the photo private on Flickr.)
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See also: A group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison designed a somewhat different mowercycle. Our friends at Do The Green Thing highlighted the student project here.
- 7:59 pm - Sun, Oct 28, 2012
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To follow an earlier item about mobile gardens:
Produce carts are common enough that they no longer garner much attention, especially around farmers markets.
So one design firm redesigned the ubiquitous cart, adding pedals and a folding system of trays that can haul up to 150 pounds of fruit and vegetables. The result was the Mattapan Mobile Farmstand, from Boston-based nonprofit design collaborative Building Research + Architecture + Community Exchange. BR+A+CE (pronounced “brace”) designed and built the human-powered mobile farm stand as the first project in support of its mission to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues.
Pedal-powered, cargo-carrying tricycles are increasingly popular in hip neighborhoods in European and North American cities, and have been widely used in Asia for decades. BR+A+CE designed their own version on a large-framed tricycle with a unique cargo box that contains four bays on two levels, each of which holds two produce bins for a total of eight.
More: Pedaling Produce: Boston Gets a Bike-Powered Farm Cart | Wired Design | Wired.com
- 9:36 am - Tue, Oct 2, 2012
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Maya Pedal's remarkable upcycling project is a veritable post-industrial revolution for rural Guatemalans… and potentially for underdeveloped communities the world over. The San Andrés Itzapa-based NGO accepts donated bicycles from the US and Canada, which are either refurbished and sold or, more interestingly, converted into “Bicimaquinas" (pedal-powered machines).
"Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise."
In short, Maya Pedal turns scrap bicycle parts into all variety of human-powered municipal machinery: “water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders (for making soaps and shampoos as well as food products), trikes, trailers and more.”
(via From Cycling to Upcycling: Maya Pedal’s “Bicimaquinas” - Core77)
- 5:01 pm - Tue, Sep 25, 2012
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Carolina Fontoura Alzaga makes painstakingly intricate chandelier sculptures and lighting fixtures from bicycle parts that she salvages from scrap metal yards and bicycle shop dumpsters all around Los Angeles. In making this profile, I was struck by how her social and political consciousness are woven into her life and work.
(via FACARO: Recycled Bicycle Chandeliers | The Etsy Blog)
- 6:14 pm - Fri, Aug 3, 2012
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Cycle on the Recycled: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel
The last time your purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you.
Continue reading on good.is
And for an accessory: This previously mentioned cardboard cycling helmet!
- 9:39 am - Thu, Jul 19, 2012
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This bike sculpture photo, taken in Portland, Oregon, by Tess Vigeland, intrigued me when I spotted it on Instagram last week.
Do any of you know the back story behind this assemblage of bicycles? If so, tell us. I, for one, am curious. My quick “Portland bike sculpture” Googling didn’t turn up anything that looks like it’s related to this.
Don’t some of the bike wheels look like they might be in pretty good shape?
(photo used with permission: tessvigeland • Instagram)
- 11:57 am - Thu, Jun 28, 2012
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I totally admire the ingenuity here — I keep meaning to buy a bike light, and this person fashioned one out of a spice jar and easily obtainable parts (lots of which I probably already have, sitting around):
So many objects are made to break and be thrown away, but many are easily fixed if one takes the time to examine their faults. DIY not only functions as a way to easily fix broken products, but also as a way to build your own sturdy designs.
I have had so many bike lights break, get stolen off my bike, or just fall off while riding (or getting hit by SUVs) that I created LED bike lights made from recycled jars. I have never had one of my handmade lights stolen or fall off.
Recently, I found myself on the West Coast borrowing a bike from a friend, which had no light. The nearest bike shop was five miles away, so I came up with this design for an easy-to-build bike light, using parts from the local hardware store, an LED from an electronics chain, and a small plastic spice jar.
I want to try this. If I do, I’ll report back!
(via How-Tuesday: DIY Bike Light | The Etsy Blog)