I'm pretty pumped about putting a wind powered generator on the handlebars of my bike while I tour around the world. This small wind generator manufactured by HYmini has received pretty good reviews. It comes with a half dozen cell phone charger plugs, and you can purchase plugs for the Iphone, PSP, and Nintendo DS. Nice.
Anyone used this thing? I'd be interested to hear some feedback.
I saw a lot of these last time I was in Denmark. I figured we were supposed to watch out for windsocks. Now I know they meant that it was kinda windy. Still, all that wind ought to come in handy with this clever little device on my bars...except for that part about actually riding into the wind.
I believe the bicycle is a profound social tool, though in America you wouldn't know it. In our nation, the bicycle conjures up a false dichotomy: it is seen as a toy to be used by spandex warriors or by schoolchildren eager to shed their training wheels. I believe the bicycle's potential extends far beyond fitness and early childhood. I believe the bicycle can bring our communities closer together; it might make our communities healthier and increase the quality of life for American cities. Indeed, I think the bicycle has the potential to heal some of America's most serious urban social maladies.
In July, I will begin to examine the ways in which the bicycle has improved life for people around the globe. Thanks to the Thomas J. Watson foundation, I will spend my postgraduate year living, writing, talking and riding bicycles in cities across the world.