Using a bicycle to create electricity is nothing new; we’ve all seen pedal generators and bike tools that harvest energy from our sweat. But the Pedal Power makes it a bit more usable around the house.
Stationary Desk, Moving Feet
Pedal Power is looking to create electricity in two ways. The first is called the Big Rig, and is, as you might guess, the bigger of the two. There’s a reason; it includes a work surface that you can plug your laptop into, so you can surf while you pedal, watch Netflix, even, in theory, get some work done while you’re working out. It’s not designed for eight hour marathons, however; that said, it’s still healthier than sitting at a desk, although you might consider stopping for a while if your legs get tired.
The smaller option is the Pedal Genny, essentially a stripped down version of the Big Rig. It’s built to be smaller, cheaper, and more portable; as such, it doesn’t even come with a seat, although that’s pretty easy to fix yourself, or you can have one installed for a few extra hundred dollars. The idea with this is that you can just store it in the closet and roll it out when you want to charge something, or get a little exercise.
Batteries Not Included, Literally
The downside is that to use these for power generation, you’ll have to pay a bit more than usual. For example, the Big Rig is $2000 before shipping, electrical generation is a $400 add-on, and if you want a battery to store the work that you do, that’ll be $150 on top of that $400. And none of this includes shipping. The Pedal Genny is $650… and if you want a seat, that’s $450.
That said, if you want something like this, and a sturdy, engineered solution instead of something slapped together from spare parts, this is the best solution we’ve seen so far. You can get in and save some cash with the Kickstarter.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.