Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

May have a new workout routine for the winter.

I posted about moving my solar panels on Friday, and good thing too.   I have been out three times today to clear the panels off from all this wonderful snowfall (snark) that has been pouring in from Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas.   Thanks Guys, love ya!!!

BUT, that isn’t really helping.  and that I had another older cell bite the dust and it pulled the others down low (but no so low I am worried) I have a battery bank that is not at optimal.   I have cut everything down to bare essentials, (ceiling fan that pulls two tenths an amp. no need for lights and I am on the lappy’s battery, for now). Still, when you aren’t seeing much more than a return of two tenths of an amp and your usage matches, You are in a losing game with your batteries.   It takes a lot more than two tenths to replace same,,,   And wind?   Yeah,, what wind? About enough to push the turbine into position but most definitely NOT enough to get the blades a-movin’.

SO’s,,,,   Out comes the torture wheels and pedals,   This device, and I use that term loosely, is a concoction of mine when I found an old electric motorcycle frame that still had its drive-line in place.  The motor is a 36volt DC motor with a chain drive.   I took the driven cog, welded it to an old flywheel I had layin’ about, mounted both back into the frame and welded on a pedal drive from some kids bicycle.  It looks crude but it works, is able to generate close to that 35 volts with no load, and when attached to batteries will push around 5 amps.   

Let me rephrase that, I, as in ME, my sore ass and thighs, arms and shoulders, PUSH AROUND 5 AMPS.  And when the legs say “NUFF!!!!” I start using the upper body (and that doesn’t last nearly as long as the legs do.)

2 hours.  pedal pedal pedal, crank crank crank,   pedal pedal pedaI,  crank crank crank,,,,



and I only gained two tenths of a volt on the battery bank.  12.1 to 12.3.   

ta hell wid it, I am pulling out the Honda for awhile and attempt to get those batteries back into the twelve five range.  Let some really old and fermented dinosaurs push those amps while this beat up and broken down dinosaur enjoys a rest.   Maybe I will get back on it later, but right now, Fuuuuuuhhhhhhh!!!!!!   

But, using both, I am getting a full body workout,  when I am doing the upper body thing, I position myself so I have to use the tummy muscles to support the upper body,   I can feel it even now: feels like I did about 30 minutes of crunches.    I may not be getting out kayaking, but I am doing something to get myself ready for when I do get to go kayaking and have more sunlight and not need the TORTURE WHEELS FROM HELL.

Kittehs hate the TORTURE WHEELS FROM HELL: too damned noisy Dad!!   When you are pushing electrons upstream, there is definitely a noise factor and tends to be a frequency that really irritates small ears.  I’m near deaf and can hear it so I know they do, and that they chose to stay out in the cold while I am doing my thing,,,


I’ll have more later, gonna power down and save some juice for then.

2 responses

  1. bigcountryexpat

    Dude, what you describe is right out of “Soylent Green” the Heston mvie, when old dude is on the bike recharging the cells for the day…
    Jes’ Sayin’


    January 19, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    • Its winter time. And sunlight may be weeks apart. Yeah, theres a price to pay for being solely off the electric grid,
      Solyent green may be closer than we think.
      But I can tell ya this. 2 hours of pushing electrons upstream really helps you appreciate how much power those old fermented dinosaurs still pack. My bank was back to 12.5 in 4 hours with the Genny, and woulda taken me another 8. I’m no Ironman contender and know it


      January 19, 2022 at 10:44 pm

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