If you’re going to ride your bike a lot, wouldn’t it be great if you could actally put all that energy to work for you? For a while I had a book called, The Human-Powered Home. Among other things, it described and illustrated how to hook up a bicycle -- secured in a trainer -- to small appliances such as a blender. Once the hook-ups were complete, you hopped aboard and pedaled to make the appliance work.
According to this book, a bicycle can be used to do a number of things for which we usually rely on electricity, including washing clothes. The James Washer has a pendulum-style agitator, so I'm not sure how I'd get that set up. I guess I'd have to devise something comparable to the piston that runs the stern wheel of a steamboat.
Treadle power is mentioned as well. I've thought at times that it would be neat if I could convert my sewing machine to treadle power. I'd just have to hope that I don't give myself tendonitis in my ankles!
I finally, with reluctance, had to give away the book, because I have no way to try such things at present, and my bookcase was overcrowded. My kitchen is too small to have a bike set up in it. But I love the idea. I hope someday I can try these things.
Has anybody out there experimented with this? How did it go?