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How to Build a Bicycle Generator

How to Build a Bicycle Generator

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November 9, 2012 | Byadmin|Reply
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Building your owngenerator requires anumber of items. Aperson, a bike, a way of supporting your bike off the ground, a motor, anenergy smoothing systemand an inverter if you want
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to use your bike generator to power mainsequipment. Each of theseparts needs to work efficiently in order to generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy for your generator.
REMEMBER TO BE CAREFUL WHEN WORKING WITH ELECTRICITY – IF INDOUBT, ASK AN ELECTRICIAN
We’ll discuss the parts and how to assemble a single bike generator in thisD.I.Y. Guide which you can download as a PDFhere.
1. PEOPLE
 At the end of the day if there are no motivated cyclists you cannot createelectricity. Each person can create between 20 and 100 watts over extendedperiods and we’ve got as much as 250w from athletes in short bursts. It’s alsomore fun doing things together so get your friends round to give you a hand!
2. A BICYCLEType of bike:
Road bikes are most suitable type of bike for generating electricity because theyhave slick tires. Slick tyres help keep friction and noise to a minimum level. Roadbikes are designed to be efficient on smooth roads. You will generally get morewatts from a road bike than a town (designed for comfort) or a mountain bike(designed for bumps and bashes).
Gears:
Geared bikes have the advantage that cyclists of different abilities can use them.Single speed bikes have the advantage that the cyclist cannot change
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gear and make life easier for him/herself. Therefore you can almostguarantee the same power out from each person.Magnificent Revolution has a set of second hand road bikes. You can get a goodbike for just over £100. We got ours from places such as theBicycle Ambulancein Cambridge andBike Worksin London.
3. A MOTOR (OR ALTERNATOR/STEPPER MOTORS)
We use permanent magnet (pm) motors in our generation systems. There are anumber of other methods using car alternators or stepper motors. Each methodhas its pros and cons. Seewww.scienceshareware.comandwww.c- realevents.co.ukIn this D.I.Y. guide we’re only going to talk about permanent magnet motors.We’ve use 24V 250W DC Electric scooter motors for our cinema and pedalsessions setup. A motor is designed to spin when electricity is passed throughit. However, if we spin the motor, we can create electricity and use the motor asa generator.The speed at which the motor is revolving (the number of rotations through 360degrees undertaken in a set time) normally measured in revolutions per minute(rpm) is directly proportional to (increases and decreases) the voltage output of the motor. Assuming the cyclists legs continue at a constant speed a downhillgear creates a larger voltage output for the motor than an uphill gear. The torque(amount of effort) the cyclist applies to the pedals normally measured in NewtonMeters (Nm) relates to the current created by the motor.
4. TRAINING STANDS
You can buy a new stand, a second hand one from e-bay, or weld your own.We’ve tried all of these options over time. Minoura design and build the beststand for this application.Minourastands fit most bikes and have a simpletensioning system, which can be kept intact once you retrofit your motor. This

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