Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change

Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism on a Planet "Exploited by Human Greed"


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Road to Perdition.

Sea level rise on you tube

How whales change the climate

Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb

I just cannot believe how insane humans are. There is too much effort in the scientific community to fix the impending global catastrophe (absurdly known as climate change) by disrupting natures balance even further. And billions of dollars are spent to deny the very existence of the problem.

This video tells how whales are one of the biggest key to the world's carbon balance.
 Once you disrupt the ocean's natural balance the whole world will pay the price.

Solar power and electric cars will not maintain the status quo!
I live off grid and have so many voltaic panels that we should be able to have enough power. But the pacific north west averages only 1.5 hours of direct sun light a day, and we are stuck in the 20th century on some of the gadgets we have. Like a satellite dish for for the internet, a clothes washing machine, and a cook stove that requires too much electricity just to keep the safety gas-valve open (This is an insurance company scam).

No refrigerators in the winter (I use an ice box outside), and only L.E.D. lights!  New car stereos do a good job of energy conservation, but I can't even charge up my computer unless the sun shines! (The hard drive and fan uses too much energy.)

And don't even think about having running water when you need it!

Solar electricity works poorly without direct sunlight, so the darkness of the pacific northwest winters makes it impossible to maintain a full power life style. Solar does not work at all in Alaska, in the winter.

Even small electric vehicles take so much power that we could not possibly afford to charge them up in the dark of winter, unless we had more solar panels. There will not be any fast charging stations in town for many years.

Solar power requires a lot of expensive batteries; Lead acid cell last only a few years. Lithium cells are less expensive than lead acid over the life of the battery but they take a bigger initial investment because they last longer.

Extreme insulation is the only way to save heating fuel. But most people whine about it not being “cost effective”! I need to build an earth bag mini house, with at least two feet of insulation.

Even our local green politician ignored my offer to help him build a real cycle truck, that could replace a car! He did not even ask how much money it would cost.

So how many people can actually do anything at all about changing their high energy life style?

another electrical appliance is not worth the effort!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Strongest Bike Ever

Think globally, act locally!

Why build a cycle truck that can handle more cargo than you can pedal up a 5% grade?
What better way to act locally than to build a vehicle that can replace a car, or small truck;
Politics is a loosing battle, I believe that if one person in every small town were to build a machine like this and get your story in the local news paper, it could start to turn the tide of denial.

Minimalist vehicles are the future of transportation, because they use very little power even with a large electric motor. A 1.6 HP motor and controller with a large lithium battery will be needed unless you are patient and strong enough to climb hills by walking.

I can't say exactly how much weight this machine will handle but the wheels will need to be made stronger than the usual bicycle wheels. Steel rims with 11 or 10 gauge spokes and steel hubs are needed.

Use a strong drive chain made for a single gear bike, like a BMX chain. This will take using internal gears. Three speeds in the front and three in the real would be enough if the gears do not over lap like most sprocket gear systems. Any hub gears with more than three speeds would wear out too fast.

Use a belt drive for the motor, shown on my page about how to motorize a heavy vehicle.

This could cost close to $3000 to build, with out a motor, and not including labor. So why spend so much money on a huge bike like this when you can buy a strong bike and a huge trailer that will haul just as much stuff? Because trailers have a tendency to yank a bike around when they get really heavy. Why else would these have been invented in the fist place?! And why are they are so popular in Europe? Gosh, there must be some reason, think about it!

In fact most Amerikans are brainwashed into thinking they should never have to pay more than Walmart prices. This is a habit ingrained by thinking of bicycles as nothing more than toys for too many years.

Just having a bike designed to sit up straight like my short bike, would be worth the price.

Ladders can be hung on the side.
less trail equals less wheel flop

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Heavy Duty Wheels

Heavy duty equipment is very hard to find any more. It looks like I would have to buy a front wheel with steel rims and build the rim into a disc brake hub.

Don't try to use a rim brake on steel rims in wet weather.  If you must use rim brakes, get an expensive alloy rim made for jumping off cliffs..

11 gauge spokes:

 wheel smith DH13

Heavy Duty 13 gauge at the head and through the elbow yet is swaged to 14 gauge for the length of the spoke. Tandem makers have found this spoke a great solution to high torque loads. It would be better if I  build a wheel with 11 guage spokes :

BICYCLE WHEEL 26 x 2.125 HD 11-G STEEL - Worksman 4131QA Compatible 

(11-gauge spokes)   

worksman cycles on eBay

Wheel Master Rear Bicycle Wheel 26 x 1.75/2.125 36H, Steel.


you can get stainless steel nipples for motor cycles, why not bicycles?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bike Share Bicycles

This is the right kind of bicycle for a bike share program

Bike share programs often pay designers to invent a bicycle that will fit every ones needs.
Unfortunately these designers know next to nothing about bicycle design.

Virtually non of these bike share bicycles have any capacity to carry cargo!

Some one should pay me to design a bicycle that can carry cargo! What do they think people need bicycle for? Cruising?

Utility bikes are the future of transportation even if it will take sever disasters to force people out of their gas gulping cars! If some one is looking for a better bike than this one, they need to talk to me!

This is the only one with front and rear baskets.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Long nose bicycle steering

Long bicycles need a more laid back steering axis to compensate for lack of weight on the front wheel,  but this creates more wheel flop that is irritating on slow speed hill climbing. the only way to fix that is by shorting the trail.

Even cargo bikes could be have a more laid back steering axis, but I would compromise at 65 degrees.

Most people know nothing about trail, so they fall back on race bike steering geometry.

The  reason factory bikes do not use this is simply the fact that they would have to make a special fork with lots of rake. Much too expensive.

Short bikes can use this method also. A chopper made with Zero trail would really handle well.

There needs to be some leverage, usually some tiller effect.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Center Pivot Steering

This Quadricycle would make a very good cycle truck (at slow speeds) but it may need a couple of motors.

 Two head tubes the horizontal steer tube connects to the vertical steer tube. The rear section is welded on the horizontal head tube. The steering wheel turns the center pulley with cables.

the truck steering would not be the same as the bicycles

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Visualize This

I believe it would be very easy to get a 'kick-starter' grant to start building long low cargo bikes, in many different citys. Seattle would be a good place to start. And don't think that it would take a factory to make these bikes. It takes only a garage shop with the right tools. See 'cycletrucks'.

And if you plan to give some of them to people that could not afford to buy one, it may be even easier. It would be easy to find people that need them on the internet, even if it would be difficult to have them prove their need.

One option to use these would be to operate a delivery service for people that can not travel easily and others that would be willing to leave their cars at home.

This would help remove cars from our streets, and make cycling more bearable and safe. The amount of traffic in our small town has become incredibly over-crowded in the past year or so.

This is the kind of project that all towns with a food co-op should have. Getting a grant to build one for a food co-op to operate a delivery service would really get people involved in the whole concept of utility cycles.

And with the stock market ballooning up to much more dangerous levels than the 2008 crash, there will most likely be a severe economic depression soon. This may lead to rioting in the streets when people cannot drive their cars. But I see a crisis like this as an opportunity for change in a positive direction.

Electric power systems can be built to last twenty years if you use the right kind of equipment. And with the new battery technology, motorized cargo bicycles will become very popular.
But only if they are strong enough to move 550lbs up our hills that are at least an 8% grade, at a legal speed limit (like 20mph or 30mph if registered as a moped).

The average driver these days in America is about 220lbs, the vehicle would be around 165lbs = 355lbs leaving about 165lbs for cargo. And this would be with lithium batterys. Almost impossible to call this pedal powered, it would have to be a motorcycle, or just a small truck with a pedal powered generator.

Monday, August 25, 2014


"Climate change”, invented by the corporate news media to cool down “global warming”! It should be called “life support system collapse”. And all that people can worry about is paying for their big house and cars. Transportation is nothing compared to what problems the human race will encounter in the next few decades.

If human life is going to have a chance to survive, much more will need to be done NOW!!!! Start by killing your television, it is designed to lower your IQ so that you are more submissive. Watch the videos by Paul Ehrlich and Chris Hedges etc. Then tune into web sites like 'the real news network'.

Some people think that we will be able to buy our way out of this existential crises. This is the way of denial; false hope! Only the plutocratic top ten percent of the 'one percent' will be unaffected. They are like God kings to the rest of humanity.

The only real hope we have is for people to start to work together like an army to change our fuelish “way of life”. Get a grant, Build cargo bicycles out of recycled mountain bikes, give them away for free!

Dissolving wall street would do miracles for the world, but if you think that will ever happen, you must be on the better drugs than I am!

Cargo bikes will play an important role in the transition to a life style that is more sustainable, but it will not happen with out you getting involved!


And something to actually do about it all

Sea Level Could Rise 5 Feet in New York City by 2100, but by that time it will be too late to stop it!

storm surge will flood to 4 ft with in 25 years! But by then it will too late to do anything about it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

eBike Burn-out?

People tell me that  all e bikes burn out (melt down). This is not true, the reason most burn out is simply that most people just over power their equipment. If one would use a programmable controller you could keep your equipment from over heating. Get one with heat sensors. It may not be able to sense the heat in the coils, but the machine an compensate for the difference between the inside and the outside.

How ever you can learn to use a cheap one with out red-lining it too much. And keep all the connections lubricated with Vaseline for good contact. Unfortunately most people want to hot-rod their equipment.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bicycle shleter roofs for wet snow

 Bolsheviks unite! Agitate for better bicycle parking!

The roof is the hardest part.... gotta keep it light weight to be moved around.

 An inverted triangle is more stable than a triangle with the apex on top.