A young musician from Utah named Gabe Dominguez walks in to Nate and Paul’s shared workshop in Berkeley, having heard of the bike lab, wanting information and help to build a light weight sound system suitable for bike touring. At first the challenge was to simply build an effective music cabinet that didn’t weigh Gabe down on tour. But that led to considering the power source: heavy battery? Or something lighter? Something like… Not carrying energy at all. Relying on the energy of the communities he’d pass through on his tour. Creating a way to harness the human power of his own fans!
The two inventors and Gabe put their heads and legs together to come up with an ultra-simple Pedal Power system.
The video captures the process of testing it out, complete with human powered beatboxing in the workshop.