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April 7, 2008

Generator Free Bikes for Art on Wheels

Doing some more research on making the bikes run without batteries....

Seems that with an inverter like this one, or this one, and a deep cycle battery like one of these, we may be able to provide enough juice.

Any volunteers for looking into charging these specific parts with solar?

February 18, 2008

what cables do we need?

see extended entry

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February 4, 2008

Layman Equipment Manuals

We've sifted through the lengthy manuals that come with the equipment and have written our own quick reference manuals for the layman and mechanic alike.

I think it would be a good idea for everyone to be familiar with the equipment and know general operation of them. Feel free to add or modify these manuals as the year progresses. Remember that future classes could be able to utilize these manuals too.

-Dave

Honda Generator Quick-Guide:

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January 30, 2008

Pedal Green

I found a website that explains how to convert our human energy into electrical energy:

http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/pedalpower/

deep cycle marine batteries

lots of good info for how deep cycle marine batteries work

http://www.solar-electric.com/deep_cycle_batteries/deep_cycle_battery_faq.htm#Gelled%20electrolyte

we need a 100+amp hour one and a 55 amp hour
also it recommends an AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery as opposed to a gel battery


January 28, 2008

Mechanical Brain-storm

To Do:

1. Get dimensions and specs. on equipment that is ordered so we can build supports to be ready when the bikes arrive. Sketch out prototypes. --- (David)

2. Investigate wireless possibilities for the speakers. (the less wire and cables the better) Wireless communication to the projectors. Allow for multiple laptops to interface with the bikes.

3. Make everything travel safe/ road proof so we can project in motion. And storage case.

4. Assign maintenance duties to people to assure bikes and generators are good to go when we need them.

5. Secure bike-specific tools. A "first aid kit" for a bike. --- (Ryan)

6. Investigate uses of GPS trackers: returning stolen bikes & tracking on mapping our bike rides --- (Dave)

- David D., Dave S., Ryan