Generating electricity while on the move
My eyes open, I climb out of bed, and make my way to the salon. While it’s likely that visiting the head may be my next order of business, it’s equally probable that the task following that one will be to check the state of charge of our battery bank. Yes, after living on a boat for 7 years, most of which has been spent at anchor, sans-shore power, we have become very in-tune with our electrical needs, and the processes that we need to go through to meet them.
Given that our transitioning from a life on boats to one on bikes is not going to completely eliminate our dependency on electricity, coming up with a way to meet those needs while pedaling has been part of our planning almost since day one. Fortunately, with today’s technology, it’s pretty easy to do.
I think it’s super cool how our close friends have embraced our new plans, sending us private messages of support, and sharing articles and gear links that they think will be helpful. Thank you all so very much!
How we’ll generate electricity:
Taking advantage of the latest technology, both of our bikes will be fitted out with dynamo front hubs, specifically a Son 28. Functioning much like our Amel’s shaft alternator, this device generates electricity as the bike’s wheel spins. The wires from it will be fed to a Sinewave Cycles Revolution charger which allows our motion-generated electricity to power any USB device.
Son 28 Dynamo hub
What can a system like this power/charge? Plenty of things. Here are some examples:
- Smart phone
- Cache battery
And perhaps solar too!
Of course, in addition to what I’ve described above, there are a number of micro solar chargers available. Just as on a boat, the available real estate to deploy such a thing would be the limiting factor. We may or may not try to incorporate something like this too, after we determine what our true needs are.
Want some more cycle touring eye candy? Check out this very professionally-edited video filmed in Baja, Mexico. It features one of the routes that we’re considering taking, and some amazing scenery.