UpCycle Ecocharger Testimonials

Thousands of people from around the world have experienced the UpCycle Ecocharger: Athletes and Fans at The 2015 Pan Am Games set a world record for most people generating electricity in a week, sponsored by Chevrolet. 7/27/2015: Over 10,000 people in 10 days had a blast generating electricity on the UpCycle Ecocharger at The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Chevrolet’s installation also set a Guinness World Record for most people generating electricity in a week (4,739)! Check it out: Schools “You would be so happy to see all the use the bikes are getting…. They have provided an option for our active learners that we have never been able to offer before their arrival. Teachers are starting to embrace the opportunity and availability of the bikes. THANK YOU!” “Every school should have this option for their active learners!” Amateur Competitive Cyclists “I am an active duty military member who has received multiple concussions in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have used cycling for the last few years as part of my recovery. Now I save $30 in training tires plus $30 in electric bills each month (note: this doesn’t mean he generates that $30 in electricity. Click here for clarification). The UpCycle Eco-Charger is quieter than an air trainer or a fluid trainer. I look forward everyday to putting power back into the grid and I feel like I am still useful and can give back in my little way.” – Will Fetters Eco-Friendly Businesses “When the UpCycle Eco-Charger was at our Zipcar office in Portland, we were ecstatic to have the opportunity to give it a spin. Not only were we able...

The UpCycle Ecocharger, Pedal Power, The Pan Am Games, Chevrolet, and the #PowerOfPlay

How the little guy worked with the big boys to innovate, delight, and inspire thousands! Update 7/27/2015: Over 10,000 people in 10 days had a blast generating electricity on the UpCycle Ecocharger at The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Chevrolet’s installation also set a Guinness World Record for most people generating electricity in a week (4,739)! Check it out: It Started Innocently Enough In late January, 2015, I got an email from a managing engineer from Chevrolet Canada, saying they were interested in the UpCycle Ecocharger for help charging an interactive exhibit based on a concept they were developing called a Microgrid. They were creating an interactive demonstration, and wanted pedal power to help make it more engaging. Based on their research, the Eco-charger appeared to be durable enough for their setup, but they needed to do extensive testing to be sure it would be up to their standards. That sounded interesting to me, but I was doubtful it would work. It was a lot of complicated electronics. They Had Bigger Plans After sending a DIY kit for testing, I was told it was going to be part of a display at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Obviously this was exciting to me, and I let them know I’d be happy to help them make it happen, given my extensive experience explaining human power since 2008. Little did I know this would turn into such a big production, and that my little DIY kit would end up being an integral part of an international sporting event, sponsored by one of the largest auto companies in the World. Car Companies Are Thorough As they were testing, they...

5 Reasons to Stop Driving & Start Biking

Guest Post from Susan Finch: Susan Finch is a freelance writer with a passion for travel and helping small businesses find their online voice through content marketing, blogging and beyond. She is an eclectic writer with more than 10 years of experience contributing to guidebooks, magazines, iPhone apps, online publications and more. Susan can be found at BySusanFinch.com. 5 Reasons to Stop Driving & Start Biking According to Safe Routes to School: Steps to a Greener Future, more C02 is emitted in the United States’ transportation sector than across any other nation’s entire economy, except for China. Choosing to live a healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle can be as simple as lessening your dependence on a vehicle and biking instead. You can save money, reduce your health risks (and consequently, health care costs) and help save the planet at the same time. Here are some reasons to consider cycling as your primary mode of transportation. Reduce carbon emissions According to Transportation Alternatives, some 150 million pounds of C02 emissions per year could be reduced if just 5 percent of New Yorkers stopped commuting by car or taxi and started taking public transportation, walking or cycling instead. To put this figure in context, you would need to plant trees in an area 1.3 times the size of Manhattan to achieve the same type of reduction. You may not live in a metropolis like New York City, but simply switching to bicycling, starting a carpool to work or opting for public transportation can make a big impact on carbon emissions. Eliminate gas guzzling The U.S. Energy Administration reported that the United...

Why the Time Has Come for Green Fitness Equipment

If you’re reading this, you are a pioneer. You want to make the world a better place for future generations. You know there are no magic bullets that will instantly change everything for the better. You understand that every little bit of progress is good, and you have to start somewhere. You also understand that making electricity through human power is not a money-maker all by itself. It’s a common sense way to introduce and educate people on all things Eco-Fitness, like healthy eating of less-processed food, to efficient use of facility resources, and building community through consistent exercise. If you have the choice between wasting energy and not wasting it, what would you choose? Now you can start a Green Gym without having to re-invent a business model, or invent new technology.  The equipment now exists, and it’s affordable.  The Green Microgym, established in 2008, is known as the world leader in Eco-Fitness, and is the blueprint for the future of fitness: The cost to produce/purchase the equipment is the same Until late 2014, although the technology to retrofit exercise equipment to send electricity back to the grid existed, it was not cost effective to do so. You would have to purchase regular equipment and then retrofit it.  That’s what I had been doing since 2009. It worked fine for me in my gym, but there was no way to scale up.  But now, SportsArt Fitness has come out with a line of grid-tied, plug into the wall fitness equipment that is priced competitively with other gym-quality exercise equipment.  Their elliptical machine, upright bike, recumbent bike, and spin...

The 4 Best Ways to Demonstrate the UpCycle Eco-charger Bicycle Generator

The UpCycle Eco-Charger is a great tool for getting people excited about renewable energy and conservation.  The following are the best ways to show off your Bicycle Generator so people walk away saying to themselves “That’s really cool what (Your Group’s Name) are doing!” and NOT “That’s a Silly Gimmick”. BUT BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, You Will Have to Redirect People From These Misconceptions: Humans Generating Electricity Will Drastically Reduce Power Bills – Folks want this to be more than it is.  When the average price of a Kilowatt Hour is $0.10, the amount of hours one person would need to pedal to make even $1 is way over 20. Instead, Say: “This is one small way to harness our energy when we are exercising” This Technology is Not Real – I’ve heard from “experts” that electricity can’t go back into the grid this way. This is just not true. We’ve had engineers test our equipment and it really does work the way we say it does. Instead, Say: “This technology is just like small scale wind or solar power.  It just connects in a different way” This Technology is Unsustainable – Because electricity is so cheap and the electronics to generate electricity cost money, some will say that it will never pay for itself, and therefore is not sustainable.  Instead, Say: “The technology is no more expensive than the technology in traditional exercise equipment” and “This shouldn’t be compared to solar or wind in terms of payback, because it’s also competitively priced as exercise equipment” The Following 4 Ways to Show Off The UpCycle Ecocharger Will Help You Deliver...

The History & Future of Eco-Fitness

In late 2014, I was interviewed by David Allen from D.A. Productions about the History and Future of Eco-Fitness for a video that will be used for learning English as a second language. David did a really good job of helping me explain how The Green Microgym began, many of the challenges and successes along the way, and where I believe Eco-Fitness is headed in the...