With viewcounts racking up, Chobani’s Team USA Experience is officially going viral. 30 everyday athletes are introduced into a new environment and invited to pedal to power an incredible spin class that unfolds before them with live music, interactive LED art, and a huge hillside projection. Rock The Bike produced the Pedal Power Spin Class system and the interactive lighting: per-bike LED strips that responded to individual pedaling effort, and a 16′ LED mandala. The 4-speaker sound system was the same we use at our Pedal Powered DJ events and medium-sized concerts. You can see the all important Pedalometer (the light tube that shows pedalers how hard to pedal) and two of our generators: the Generator Pro and the Generator Wheel and stand combo.
Here’s a Behind-the-Scenes look that shows our experience of producing the Spin Class. You can follow the captions and dialogue to see how we recognized and overcame one of our main technical challenges: too much power.Read More
We’re stoked to be joining the Open-Source movement with our Arbduino Pedal Power computer. The Arbduino and its source code gives you the tools you need to develop your own safe, interesting, motivating, and dependable Pedal Power activities.
We have used the Arbduino for over 5 years in our own Pedal Power Utility Boxes. These rugged Pedal Power hubs contain ultracapacitors, pure sine wave inverters, LED Pedalometers, and clearly labeled input / output jacks. If you can afford a Pedal Power Utility Box, we highly recommend them. They are tried and tested, and will save you time, so you can focus on producing your event. You won’t have to mess with wiring and circuitry or waft solder fumes.
But if our Utility Boxes are out of your budget, or if you’re going for something slightly different from what we offer, or if you just like doing projects like this, we now offer the key component as a standalone offering: the Brain.
With the Arbduino you’ll not only get a circuit board, you’ll get access to the newly open source code. The code will show you how to monitor system conditions (voltage and wattage), turn on and off devices and lights. This means you can connect or disconnect pedalers to a voltage sink, and you can turn on and off a load. Please seen the video in the upper right to see a real live example.
Our Open Source approach:
Open hardware? Not yet. We have not chosen to publish our parts list yet. However, the parts list and schematic will come with an Arbduino. You can get access to our parts list by purchasing an Arbduino in built or kit form. We do not plan to publish the schematic or board layout files of the Arbduino.
Open Source? Yes. As promised, we have published the code for our Arbduino, which is what we use to run our Pedal Power Utility Box. We also use the Arbduino in other products: the sLEDgehammer, the 48-Volt Utility Box with MegaDivida, and other custom projects. The only code we have published is for the most common of our Utility Boxes: the AC Power Pedal Power Utility Box.
Free? No. It has taken 7 years of development to get to the point of offering a reliable platform for Pedal Power developers. We have supported this process through the sale of our Pedal Power Utility Boxes and related gear (generators, Pedalometers, Etc.). We accept donations from those who appreciate the value of our code to their project, and we charge money for the Arbduino. Prices below. We also do custom coding and consulting for Pedal Power projects at rates posted below.
- 265 as shown fully soldered.
- 150 in kit form. You solder. Takes about 30-60 minutes.
- 95 for relay & LED kit — allows you to protect your system and turn up to 2 devices on and off AND allows you to use our Pedalometer system (LED light sequence that tells pedalers how hard to pedal) or make your own Pedalometer, just like our Pedal Power Utility Boxes.
- Consulting and custom coding: $120 / hour. Nonprofit and education discount: 25% or $90/hour.
Bike Blenders growing in popularity and variety.
Above: Wheely Good Smoothies in Baltimore continues to dazzle at farmers markets with their customized Fender Blenders. The newest is their Rainbow Fish (using the Fender Blender Pro as the base).
Bike Blenders continue to be a force for good, both out in the world and in our business. Good for business because of the amazing outreach that happens each time our customers use their blenders in the community. Thank you, we really appreciate it! We’re seeing strong interest and even fellow human power entrepreneurs, i.e. competition, in the UK and Australia. There is an increasing acceptance among event people and educators that bike blenders work: they’re reliable, fun, engaging, and educational, and you get to nourish people with thick, healthy, tangy smoothies and other treats.
It’s an exciting time for innovation on Bike Blenders at RTB as well. We’re stoked to be working with BlendTec on a new Fender Blender (BlendTec) line. High performance, American-made, and with a mission that resonates with ours, the Utah-based company (both manufacturing and design / HQ) are pedal powering their very own Fender Blender Pro (BlendTec) and raving about it.
“We’ve been getting an awesome response all around internally and externally!” sayeth BlendTec.