Pedal Power – Human Scale Energy For Everyday Tasks

Project launched Nov 2013 From Burlington, VT 
Funding ended Dec 30, 2013 Financial goal $10,000 


Andy Wekin, the inventor of Pedal Power, is from Essex, NY. He graduated from Williams College (BA) and Washington State University (MSc Mechanical Engineering). He has a great passion to let people understand how precious the energy is and how we can substitute it.  


The bicycle is one of the most ubiquitous and indispensable technologies ever developed. It is efficient, elegant, environmentally friendly, fun, healthy, inexpensive, and user-maintainable. It is a human scale means of travel that increases our range and speed ten-fold — yet we only use its core technology for transportation even though it is suitable for performing a multitude of tasks.

For the past five years, authors of the Pedal Power startup have designed and built stationary pedal-powered machines (dubbed “dynapods” by Alex Weir). In addition to several custom dynapods, they have developed two core products: 1) the Big Rig, a multifunction machine with a built-in seat and work surface, and 2) the Pedal Genny, a more portable, single function machine. Their machines are built by hand in their spare time and are expensive as a result. The guys hope that someday these machines will be as economical and widespread as the bicycle.