The day started with a 7AM bike ride to the outer sunset for Friends of the Urban Forest’s DigIt
event.The Mundo is carrying our new 600 watt JBL PRX535 speaker. Two straps is all it took to secure the 70 pound speaker.
Our job was to up the energy of the event with pedal powered music, and allow event organizers to make announcements to approximately 400 volunteers at registration and lunchtime. Timberland sponsored the event, and they’re making a short film about it. Above, the documentary crew wanted an interview. Photo: Aufdencamp
After the initial wave of volunteers went out into the nearby neighborhoods to plant trees, Stone Gossard
of the band Pearl Jam checked out the stage and got excited about potentially pedal powering his set at the Grand Ballroom that night. Photo: Aufdencamp
Stone and his bandmates picked up the spirit of the pedal power immediately. Photo: Aufdencamp
We used the Mundo to carry gear to the event, and also as one of the three pedal power bikes. The two red tubes elevate the rear wheel of the Mundo and allow you to pedal it in place. A tire-rubbing generator is mounted on the top of the chassis.
After the event we rode with our gear to the Grand Ballroom. Photo: Aufdencamp
Set up was fairly straightforward, being our second time of the day. Photo: Aufdencamp
The plan was for the band to play their first song through our Pedal Powered Stage, then switch to the venue’s main speakers.
Instead they played their whole first set through our stage. Audience members swapped out on the different bikes during song breaks.
“Voltage is dropping — Go! Go! Go!” Photo: Aufdencamp
Below: Play an audio clip of Stone Gossard adlibbing about our Pedal Powered Stage during the nighttime set at the Ballroom.