Pedal Technology is about extending the reach of the modern day bike. We are experimenting with building better bike trailers, 3 and 4 wheel bikes for balance and stability, long johns for load-carrying, energy generation and other pedal powered devices .
Come visit the Warehouse to talk with us about pedal projects.
A sample of the creations that have come out of Pedal Technology:
A no-weld, all bike parts bicycle trailer.... try modifying the design and send us pictures (to mist @ strans. org)
One type of hitch- a piece of bike tire that wraps around the non-drive side chainstay. Leave the metal tire bead for strength. A wing nut or seat post quick release can then secure the tire hitch to itself .
Any hitch needs 3 movements: yaw is the side to side movement (going around turns); roll is twisting motion (for leaning into turns); and pitch is up and down movement (for hills and dips). A rubber ball joint (tire, hose, etc) gives universal movement, yet must be strong with little slack. Other hitches utilize springs, nuts and bolts and other every day objects.
In this early design, the trailer is attached to the seat post. The other way is to attach the hitch to the chain stay on the non-drive side, with room given for the rear wheel to turn.
Kayak trailer out of crutches
Bike Frame Parking Rack
Get a piece of 1" steel tubing, slide on the stems, install bike frame upside down by inserting stem into the seat tube. Use more frames or handle bars to lift the steel tubing off the ground a foot or so. These make great racks because a bike locks up really well to another bike frame. In addition, you can leave some of the parts on the frame as a 24/7 parts depo.
Variation- slide a larger diameter piece of steel tubing, like a chain link fence post, thru open bottom brackets of old/bent frames click here for picture and instructions.
Good spacing between frames seems to be about 32". An 8' piece of tubing would take 4 frames- one on each end, one at 32" and one at 64".
4-wheel bike pulling a cart with a wheel sculpture made by school kids...
2-seater 4-wheeler pulling hay wagon with a live band in a parade.
The 2-seater 4-wheeler up close. More info as a pedal powered sweeper
Coffee Grounds Bike Trailer for the local community gardens.
One of the many community sorting yards we have operated- this one at the Old City Shops.
Stage 2 of the Tour de Montana bike ride series entailed a homemade bike ferry across a river. 32 riders made it safely from Missoula to Hamilton, without needing to traverse the dangerous S curves of Highway 93 between Missoula and Lolo.
The bike ferry carried eight people and bikes at a time.
Bicycle with a side car made back in the 70's and donated to Free Cycles.
Another one of our fundraiser rides entailed a 100 mile roundtrip bike ride (overnight camping) up to Ovando. We carried six kids bikes on bike trailers to donate to a elementary school.