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The Forgotten Future of Pedal Power: How Bikes Can Do Just About Anything

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Kris De Decker of Low-tech Magazine looks at the history of pedal powered machinery, writing that " pedals and cranks could make an important contribution to running a post-carbon society that maintains many of the comforts of a modern life." Other than his first illustration of a pedal-powered hydraulic log splitter (a silly idea more simply done by hand ), the article shows numerous ways that bike tech can be used to replace fuel or electricity powered machinery, including everything blenders, washing machines, agricultural implements and multi-tool devices that can do just about anything.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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