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How (not) to Make a Bicycle-Powered Washing-Machine

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

It was a very long time ago that I was in Copenhagen and took part in this workshop, but due to a request I am posting this recipe here.

Ingredients: washing machine, bicycle, some stuff to make a stand.

Tools: angle-grinder, screwdriver, tire-levers

Ok, so this experiment actually failed. Why? Well, the drive belt didn’t work for a start. It kept slipping off. Perhaps a bike inner tube might work better – maybe even the one you removed from the bike, made smaller. Much experimenting is needed. Also, rigging up a way of securing the belt to the washing machine, without impeding on its turning would help.

If anyone manages to sort this out, please leave a comment.

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  1. July 24, 2010 at 9:00 am | #1

    Hi jo got the tech guys brighton stylie on it – brilliant blog!

    Brighton misses you x

  2. mogg
    February 3, 2014 at 4:04 am | #2

    You need a tensioner across the belt to increase friction. It will pull up the slack.
    Did you try removing the centre cog and replacing it with a sprocket instead? If you turned the bike around, you could attach the drive directly to the machine using the front derailleur. Plus you can have gears.

    • February 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm | #3

      Thanks for the suggestions! This was a good few years ago now and my recollection is pretty foggy, but this is still one of my post that gets the most hits, so I’m sure someone will get something useful out of your comments.

  3. subarjo
    March 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm | #4

    that was amaizing

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