A community in transition to a low carbon, sustainable, resilient life.
bikes, cycling, pedal powered devices
Location: Forest Row
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2011
Started by Mike Grenville Sep 2, 2011.
Started by Paul Brown Sep 21, 2009.
Started by Mike Grenville Mar 13, 2009.
The short history of early pedal powered machinesEver since the arrival of fossil fuels and electricity, human powered tools and machines have been viewed as an obsolete technology. This makes it easy to forget that there has been a great deal of progress in their design, largely improving their productivity.The most efficient mechanism to harvest human energy appeared in the late 19th century: pedalling. Stationary pedal powered machines went through a boom at the turn of the 20th century, but the arrival of cheap electricity and fossil fuels abruptly stopped all further development.
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