Monday, April 20, 2015

Velomobiles


http://bicycledesign.net/2015/02/a-collection-of-velomobile-links-part-1/




Power assisted Velomobiles will become a very popular for of transportation (when enough people wake up to the facts of global heating and environmental collapse).

Velomobiles have an efficiency of 40 miles to 85 miles per kilo-watt hour of electricity, depending on the weight, speed, gears used, and hills you climb. As opposed to 3.7 miles per kWh  for a full sized electric car. How can anyone not afford to own one of these minimalist vehicles?



Don't be discouraged by the pedaling, you don't need to pedal at all if you don't want the exercise. But it will give you better mileage. One man built a Velomobile that is charged by pedaling a generator rather than the drive wheel.
Contrary to popular belief, carbon fiber is not the strongest material for the body. The only thing that makes it strong at all is the epoxy. So you could use news paper for the sub-straight. But Kevlar cloth is the strongest material if stretched tight enough, but probably not the lightest weight. Some people use wooden door skins molded on the frame.

http://www.velomobiles.co.uk/category/velomobiles/other-sites/
You can buy a kit to build your own, or you can get a really nice Velomobile ready made. But you do need to consider the right power system for these vehicles. Steep hills can destroy an a inadequate drive system.
If you must use a hub motor, there are some (see link below) that are much stronger than Crystal Lite, formerly known as the strongest. While hub motors can produce a longer roving range on flat land, they have problems with road shock and rain. Some have a disclaimer that their hub motors can't expect to last more than 7 years. So I would use a 1.6 hp Mars 909 motor and a large rim pulley, just to climb our steep hills with two adults and/or cargo up to 600lbs total combined weight.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vacuum tube trains?





Vacuum tube trains could be in the future of America. This is an old concept, with new technology; A near vacuum tube with magnetic levitation tracks.

Several organizations are trying to build prototypes that will show that it can be done. But the autocracy will try to stop it. They have so much to loose by people not using gasoline cars.


The mega corporations are the only ones with enough money to build these multi-trillion dollar fantasy transportation systems. They sound like another futuristic promise to keep the worker drones pacified. So forget them and start building something for local transportation, ie: motorized cargo cycle trucks, or even a sexy electric micro car with pedals. Traveling to a distant cities will be a thing of the past soon, unless your rich. 




Monday, April 13, 2015

Battery Technology






Battery technology is another example of how the forces of imperialism are keeping us from having cheap fuels.

Metal-sodium cells like the aluminum-air batteries that Nicola Tesla first suggested more than a hundred years ago, will have over three times the capacity of lithium-ion, and some will be up to 75 times more energy dense than lithium-ion fuel cells.

The only reason we don't have them now is simple economics. The power companies buy up the patents to hold the technology until gasoline and coal are no longer available.

The American military is the largest developer of new power technologies. They are developing “metal-sodium-air” power stations for field use.

Forget the hydrogen fuel cells, that was a scam developed by the energy industry to help repress California's zero emission laws of the 1990's!

Electric cars could travel 13 times farther per charge with these “future” technologies.

If you rally want to encourage battery technology development, kill your GD petroleum powered car and buy into electric technology now!


http://www.alke.com/electric-truck





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Delay is the worst kind of denial!

















The car industry has been promising such an array of fabulous cars “in the future” ever since they started making cars. Just look at the bull shit from the early 50s and 60s.

And they are still doing it! In the future we will have exotic electric cars with amazing military style electronics, that lean into the turns. And you won't have to steer it your self. And they will be able to drive bumper to bumper on the free way with no danger at all! And they will use nuclear fuel and hydrogen fuel cells. And you will love them even more than your child!

All you need to do, is be happy that you are a wage slave, and keep driving your gas gulping smog spewing car, until the future finally comes along! What amazing bull shit! If you believe any of those lies, you would love the treasonous lies on FOX news!








Saturday, March 21, 2015

Who killed the electric car?





In 1990 California past a law that cars had to have zero emissions because smog was killing too many people and it was just costing too much money! So the industry fought it tooth and nail. Yet at the same time they produced some really excellent electric cars. But they only leased these cars to a few thousand people, there was a long waiting list (people really wanted them badly!)

Then the politicians were paid to help fight the project, even emperor Bush got in the fight. The corporate maggots claimed that there was not enough people wanting them and that they cost too much to make (total bullshit from hell).

Lead acid batteries gave only a 60mile range. That's when Nickel metal Hydride battery technology was bought by Texaco and suppressed. Even to this day you can get only small NiMH cells.

Then they pulled a 'bait and switch' by claiming they could make a hydrogen fuel-cell car that would be so much better. Unfortunately they was only a concept car that would take eons to develop into a realistic machine. Hydrogen takes 3 to 4 times as much energy as a battery powered car.

And to top it off they developed the Hummer tank truck. Any one that drives that kind of monster-car is way too rich and should be eaten by mad dogs!


So now days if you want an electric car, you have to build your own! 

who killed the electric car? you have to pay to watch that movie. but this one will give you a taste.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AU3_2IT8k8



delay is the worst kind of  denial!

Friday, February 6, 2015

GEARED MID-DRIVES





http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/02/27/nahbs-2013-ti-cycles-full-suspension-fat-bike-innovative-electric-cargo-bike-hydraulic-brake-line-coupler/
The picture is of a Metropolis two speed internal geared crank set, that sends only a small part of the torque through the pedaled crank at 60 rpm. Most of the torque is sent to the rear wheel by a Gates belt. Bicycle drive trains cannot take the full torque that a large motor will produce. Hard starts on a cargo bike is a very bad idea.

Unfortunately the Metropolis does not have lower gear. The input gear is a 28 tooth cog. When shifted it is overdriven to an effective 45t ratio. So they must have driven the chain-rings from the motor, then the left side crank from the left side crank spindle of the metropolis crank. Is that is reverse engineering?

  The Sturmey- Archer 3 speed is about 25% lower than the input.

http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/components/transmission-gears/internal-gear/internal-gear-ratios

Gates belts are expensive, it would be cheaper to use timing belts. But you may need to use a drive pulley made from a 409mm rim, with a few small ridges in it to keep the belt from slipping. Or a light duty motorcycle chain.

If you want to drive the rear wheel through shiftable gears, so that you can use a much lower steep hill climbing gear, you need a motorcycle gear box. Most people just use an illegally over-sized motor, set with a single gear. Then pretend that the cops don't care.

However electric motors have a  much wider range of usable toque than gasoline motors.





To drive the left side crank with a three speed Sturmy-Archer gear hub (as a geared mid-drive). Use a chain from motor to hub sprocket, and a chain or belt from a pulley on mounted on the flange of the hub to the crank.


read more here:

 htp://commutercycling.blogspot.com/2010/10/secrets-of-motor-pedal-hybrid-design.html


Sturmey-Archer

 3 SPEED HUB GEAR
http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer.html
Supersprox Stealth Rear Sprocket-Motocross Sprocket?

Hub-Gear Ratio Table

Make & ModelRange1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th
(Obsolete)%Ratio 1: …
Sram/Sachs 2-speed136%11.36
Sturmey-Archer FM169%0.670.8911.13
Sturmey-Archer AW & Old Shimano 3-speed178%0.7511.33
Shimano Inter-4184%11.241.501.84
Sram/Sachs 3-speed & Shimano Inter-3186%0.7311.36
Sturmey-Archer FW190%0.670.7911.27


                                A small motorcycle gear-box could work better if you could rig a clutch.


http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=66964

Friday, January 30, 2015

DOOMS DAY CLOCK





http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/30/doomsday-clock-moves-three-minutes-blames-nuclear-climate-change/
“Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,

“These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth. Based on their observations, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board find conditions in the world to be so threatening that they are moving the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. It is now 3 minutes to midnight.”

“Every channel of communications has been constricted or shut down; every form of contact has been attenuated or cut off. And arms control negotiations have been reduced to a species of propaganda,”

“Efforts at reducing global emissions of heat-trapping gases have so far been entirely insufficient to prevent unacceptable climate disruption,”


“Unless much greater emissions reductions occur very soon, the countries of the world will have emitted enough carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by the end of this century to profoundly transform the Earth’s climate. The resulting climate change will harm millions of people and will threaten many key ecological systems on which civilization relies … We call upon world leaders to take coordinated and rapid action to drastically reduce global emissions of heat-trapping gases, especially carbon dioxide.”

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"

 
http://youtu.be/CYHGsp9VpPI

 


I'm sure the rich theat have their money in the Vatican bank will be glad to hear that, then take it out.


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Road to Perdition.






Some people think that more snow in Antarctica means more cold. Unfortunately it has to get warmer for it to snow. Snow does not happen at 20 degrees, unless there is warm wet air flowing over the cold dry air because the oceans are getting warmer. I am amazed what people will believe when FOX news says it.

And then there is the fact that most people cannot make the connection between cars and so called “biosphere change”. The whole concept that money will solve our problems is just too unreal!


Watch these videos and be afraid! Fear is the best motivator!


Sea level rise on you tube

How whales change the climate

Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb

Powering down



click videos above


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.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M18HxXve3CM





My post apocalyptic life style


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?


















http://tinyhouselistings.com/tiny-earthbag-homes/

another electrical appliance is not worth the effort!


Every off grid power system in the Pacific NW needs a power generator