BICIMAQUINAS PDF

From the very beginning, its activities ranged from regular bike repair services, and the reconditioning and selling of bikes donated by American and Canadian partner organizations, to what made the workshop truly particular: the reconversion of old bicycles into a range of Bicimaquinas or "people-powered machines", invented by Marroquin. Pedal-driven, these devices served for applications that would otherwise require electricity or gas — often not available, and very expensive- or hand power, which takes five times more energy than leg power. Bicimaquina designs included bike-powered washing machines, corn de-grainers, grain and animal-feed mills, water pumps, coffee depulpers, corn grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut-shellers, blenders, mobility trikes and trailers. Their advantages were many: they were easy and enjoyable to use, could be built using locally available materials, and freed the user from rising energy costs.

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From the very beginning, its activities ranged from regular bike repair services, and the reconditioning and selling of bikes donated by American and Canadian partner organizations, to what made the workshop truly particular: the reconversion of old bicycles into a range of Bicimaquinas or "people-powered machines", invented by Marroquin. Pedal-driven, these devices served for applications that would otherwise require electricity or gas — often not available, and very expensive- or hand power, which takes five times more energy than leg power.

Bicimaquina designs included bike-powered washing machines, corn de-grainers, grain and animal-feed mills, water pumps, coffee depulpers, corn grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut-shellers, blenders, mobility trikes and trailers. Their advantages were many: they were easy and enjoyable to use, could be built using locally available materials, and freed the user from rising energy costs.

They could also be used anywhere, were easy to maintain, and not polluting. Some designs were even available online, via downloadable fact sheets. Team echo '. Partners echo '. Press echo '. Publications echo '.

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Bicimaquinas: The bike machines of Guatemala

Listen free on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. He drove routes that took him all over his home country, Guatemala. One day in , he was driving through a small town when he saw something unexpected. Martina: He had barely seen one bike before, and here was a whole group of them. He stared for hours watching how the foreigners fixed them. Estaban en Guatemala para demostrar y desarrollar el uso de la bicicleta como medio de transporte.

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The amazing bicycle machines of Guatemala

Our database of African and international creatives and companies making waves in the design world. Produced by local non-profit company Maya Pedal , the bicimaquinas are made up of old bicycle frames and transformed into all types of devices from blenders and pumps to milling machines and trailers. Many people rely on the makeshift machine to provide a source of income for families. Making a sustainable contribution to the community, the machines have been known to serve owners for fifteen years and when they come to the end of their lifespan, they are either repaired or replaced. Maya Pedal founder Mario Juarez invented the bicimaquinas to reduce physical labour and increase productivity without need for electricity. When Juarez initially approached the community, locals were sceptical and sought out more high-tech solutions to their problems.

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