Maya Pedal Bicycle Mill
Maya Pedal’s Bicycle Mill is a bicycle machine adapted to fit a hand powered grinding mill or a corn thresher.
Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. Each bicimáquina is handmade in Maya Pedal’s workshop using a combination of old bikes, concrete, wood, and metal. Maya Pedal’s Bicycle Mill is a bicycle machine adapted to fit a hand powered grinding mill or a corn thresher. The most common use is for milling yellow maize, soya beans, and coffee.
Maya Pedal receives bicycles as donations from the U.S. and Canada and provides them at subsidized rates for less fortunate families.Interview with representative
Low income families in Guatemala.Interview with representative
Maya Pedal accepts bikes donated from the USA and Canada of which they use the components to build a range of “Bicimaquinas”, (pedal powered machines), including the Bicycle Mill. Bicimaquinas are individually made in Maya Pedal’s workshop, which is staffed by locals and by volunteers from around the World.
Open source. Interview with representative
Users can obtain the Bicycle Mill directly from Maya Pedal, or create their own by using the provided instructions.
List of crops that this technology mills
Rate of grain milling, measured in kilograms per hour
How is the technology powered?
Energy required to power the product, measured in watts
Is the technology movable?
Step-by-step detailed instructions on how to fabricate your own Bicycle Mill are provided by Maya Pedal.
See instructions guide for detailed pictures and construction drawing.
Technical support is provided directly from Maya Pedal. Interview with representative
Maya Pedal also provides training workshops to NGOs interested in implementing pedal technology in their own communities, including bicycle machine repair, maintenance, and innovative uses for the machines.
Replacement components can be provided by Maya Pedal.Interview with representative
The average life of a bicimaquina is over 20 years.Interview with representative
- The machine is easy to operate.
- Easy to maintain and reasonably portable.
- It can be used anywhere by virtually anyone.
- It can easily switch from de-graining to milling by unbolting one appliance and attaching the other
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by designer.
No specified safety precautions.
Bicimáquinas can be adapted to fit a variety of attachments for different tasks such as milling/threshing, pumping, blending, serve as a washing machine or handcycle.
Tanjimul, H.P. et al., 2016, Generation of Electricity by Pedal power. Thesis in Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Islamic University of Technology.
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