Put a Spin on It
Food and beverage vendors harness pedal power
Life / 8 May 2013
From stationary to electric to fixed gear, the march of bike culture doesn’t appear to be putting on the brakes anytime soon. Convenience has been a particularly influential factor in attracting new riders, whether through bike-friendly apparel or space-saving design. Now, rather than wasting all this new kinetic energy on mere exercise, eateries are using pedal-powered appliances to whip up healthy treats.
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Velopresso
: Velopresso is a mobile coffee tricycle that keeps the java flowing as long as the wheels are turning. Designers Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva, the Royal College of Art graduates who conceived of and constructed the device, wanted to put a spin on the classic coffee cart while maintaining a silent, energy efficient business via pedal power. Aiming to minimize its carbon footprint, the Velopresso’s gears have been rewired to push the cart forward and power the coffee grinder, while the water is heated through a small, gas-powered camping boiler to brew steaming cups o’ joe on the go.
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Peddler’s Creamery
: Hand-churning is a fairly common bragging right among ice cream companies, but Los Angeles-based Peddler’s Creamery boasts the distinction of producing small batch frozen desserts using pedal power. Owner Edward Belden started out selling ice cream from the back of his bike, and recently hung up his helmet to open a store in downtown LA. At the new shop, the bike is stationed in the front room, but the power it generates is funneled to a churn in the back. Exclusively using premium quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients, it takes Belden only around 20 minutes of pedaling to create a five-gallon batch.
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Moberi
: Rose City Food Park cart Moberi utilizes an exercise bike with spindles attached to blenders to engineer Portland’s first bike-powered smoothie bar. The interactive food cart lets customers hop on the bike to make their own smoothies, juices and health shots. Recently, the company has turned to Kickstarter in hopes of growing the business, including the addition of a bike blender suitable for use by kids under 10. Owner Ryan Carpenter developed the concept after being inspired by Maya Pedal, a Guatemalan NGO that turns old bikes into machines for community use, like husking corn and blending drinks.
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