4 Jun A Guatemalan non-profit that produces “bicimaquinas,” or bicycle-powered machines. The income-generating devices range from blenders to. His organization, established in , has created at least 16 different kinds of pedal-powered machines, or bicimaquinas, using recycled bikes and parts. 19 Apr Bicimaquinas are bicycle-powered machines used as an informal, low-tech substitute for instruments that require electricity, which is too costly.

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This bicycle machine is adapted to fit a hand powered grinding mill or a corn thresher. Sign up to Design Indaba Weekly for the latest design news and inspiration.

In Guatemala We have a busy workshop staffed by locals and by volunteers from around the World. What are bicycle machines? Henry’s Trailer Sketchup Model.

Peruvian farmers harvest water from fog. Cyclists receive a free night with their tent on the property at the Maya Pedal. In many parts of the world, however, bikes have become the starting point for innovative hacks that are intended to reduce manual labor, increase bicimaquihas and serve as a bicimaaquinas for economic empowerment.

Related Content on Treehugger. More on Product Design. Maya Pedal was founded in the wake of the Guatemalan Civil War, when biciaquinas from PEDAL, a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to bicycle-powered development, partnered with Guatemalan leaders to hatch the idea of a shop dedicated to bicimaquinas. Build Instructions Sketchup model. A prototype tool for wood artesans that helps save time, money, and materials.

Bicumaquinas the engineering is clever, what’s perhaps more impressive is that director Mario Juarez has succeeded in overcoming initial reluctance and skepticism from community members who believed they needed more “high tech” solutions. Fueled through the years by the donation of thousands of bicycles from the Massachusetts-based Bike Not Bombs, Maya Bicimaqinas has been able to fashion the simple machines called for by everyday Guatemalan life.


Removes the outer-shell of macademia nuts at 7lbs per minute. They are machines driven with pedal force, being an intermediate technology.

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Pedal powered water pumps, threshers, blenders, tile makers and more

The Mobile Water Pump Fits on a bike and can be taken anywhere. Hand-powered alternatives demand time and effort, and the cost of fuel puts gas-powered ones out of reach for most. We have a busy workshop staffed by locals and by volunteers from around the World. Bike repair services are also offered to locals, and if a bike is deemed fixable, the workshop will revive it and sell it. Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world.

They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to bciimaquinas, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise. The bicimaqquinas of Maya Pedal, consists of an administrative council and a board of directors men and women that meet biicimaquinas 2 months on a voluntary basis. The process is not the most efficient, but Victor values the craft itself and its impact on the community.

Innovative bike hack provides zero electricity machinery in Guatemala

Removes the outer shell of the coffee bean allowing small-scale farmers to then roast their own beans in the sun. K-Cup coffee is stupid.

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The non-profit works out of a workshop where locals and volunteers build bicimaquinas from donated bicycles, and locally sourced materials. Still in bicimaquonas prototype phase, this pedal-powered washing machine has great potential in rural areas where washing clothes by bicimaquinae is very time-consuming and inefficient. With at least one bike pump in this video having been in service for fifteen years, it’s fairly clear that these solutions can make a real, long-term contribution to improving people’s lives.


We make water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders for making soaps and shampoos as well as food productstrikes, trailers and more. We also have some Sketchup models. The rear wheel of a standard bicycle is lifted off the ground by a specialized stand, so a user can comfortably pedal the bicycle in a fixed spot.

Maya Pedal espouses the idea of building social capital—the value emerging from the relationships between people.

The machines themselves are made from the refuse of bicycles: Twitter Follow designindaba Tweets by designindaba. This feedback loop strengthens future design: Many people rely on the makeshift machine to bicimaquinaz a source of income for families. Positioned at the center of its own ecosystem, Maya Pedal keeps spinning its wheels, charting the paths among people, places, and machines toward the development of Guatemala.

Sign up now and have it sent straight to your inbox. Provides irrigation and drinking water where electricity is not available. We are supported by a number bicimaqunias international organizations and accept volunteers with a range of skills and interests.

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