More pedal generator links can
be found on Google, and there
are lots of pedal generator
videos on YouTube. Use the
search term Pedal Generator.
I remember as a kid at school learning about pedal powered radios. These were radio transceivers connected to a pedal powered generator, invented by Alfred Traeger in Australia, 1929. Used in remote locations, they were the primary form of communication in outback Australia for many years.
The average person can pedal 50 watts of power using their legs. Over 100 watts can be achieved for a few minutes, depending on how fit you are. Pedal power makes you appreciate how hard it is to make watts. For example, to toast a slice of bread would take about 10 average people on pedal generators.
Building your own pedal generator.
Some of our forum members have built their own pedal generators ( alternators ). Click on the links to see how they did it. If you've built you own pedal powered generators and would like to share the details, you can contact me on the About Us page