We’re moving! Open house April 3. (Reprint of National newsletter).

Mar 27, 2014Posted by in Featured News | Comments Off on We’re moving! Open house April 3. (Reprint of National newsletter).

We’re moving! Open house April 3. (Reprint of National newsletter).

It is with great hope and excitement that we invite you to the Open House of our beautiful new headquarters in the Golden Gate District of Oakland, CA. The occasion will also mark the celebration of our 10th Birthday.  We have been in business since September 2003 and are in our 10th year of providing products and services that combine our love of bikes, music, the earth, food, community, and education.

As our new decade begins we continue taking part in the environmental transformation and awakening happening right now on the planet. How can we resist environmental degradation and transition to a sustainable future? What types of changes do we need to make? We believe that our offerings are helping everyday people ask and answer those questions with joy, humor, and physical involvement.

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Chobani U.S. Olympic Experience videos show role of Pedalometer in Group Pedal Power efforts.

Mar 1, 2014Posted by in Pedalometer, Product Videos | Comments Off on Chobani U.S. Olympic Experience videos show role of Pedalometer in Group Pedal Power efforts.

Chobani U.S. Olympic Experience videos show role of Pedalometer in Group Pedal Power efforts.

The Pedalometer is used to motivate and encourage a team of bikers to pedal together and keep it in the green. When the team needs to put more power into the capacitors to keep the lights and sound going the Pedalometer responds by blinking red at it’s lowest power state. The goal is to keep it in the green! If you go above, the Pedalometer responds by going into flashing white which means you can cool off or relax a bit on the stationary bikes and bring it back into the green. We may have a reward for keeping it or reaching the blinking white level, such as how the sLEDgehammer interacts with participants.

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Chobani Team USA Spin Class video going viral. Here’s our behind the scenes look.

Feb 22, 2014Posted by in Blog, Featured News | Comments Off on Chobani Team USA Spin Class video going viral. Here’s our behind the scenes look.

Chobani Team USA Spin Class video going viral. Here’s our behind the scenes look.

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.

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Arbduino Pedal Power Computer

Feb 2, 2014Posted by in Arbduino: Open-Source Pedal Power computer, Product Videos | Comments Off on Arbduino Pedal Power Computer

Arbduino Pedal Power Computer

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Arbduino: Open-Source Pedal Power computer

Jan 16, 2014Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Arbduino: Open-Source Pedal Power computer

Arbduino: Open-Source Pedal Power computer

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We’re stoked to be joining the Open-Source movement with our Arbduino Pedal Power computer.  You can think of the Arbduino as the Pedal Power Arduino. This powerful little micro circuit and its source code give you the tools you need to develop your own safe, interesting, motivating, and dependable Pedal Power activities.

We have used the Arbduino for over 7 years in our 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 need a reliable source of AC power in either 110 or 220, and 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 in terms of feature set, or if you just like doing projects like this, we now offer the Arbduino as a standalone offering: the Brain.

With the Arbduino you’ll not only get a circuit board, you’ll be able to use 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 see 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.

Prices:

– 265 as shown fully soldered.

– 550, comes in wooden box enclosure, ready for you to build out a safe pedal power system with the same types of cables we use. Comes with space for an ultracapacitor.

– 150 in kit form. You solder. Access to parts list.

– 250 for compatible 12V or 24V 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.

 

These can be combined. You can say: “I want an Arbduino, fully built up, in a wood box, with 3 relays, and I want it preprogrammed to do X.

 

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