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‘Maya Pedal’ bike drive coming to Portland Saturday

Posted by on September 12th, 2017 at 11:27 am

A coffee depulper (left) and a reliable vehicle are just two of the creations Maya Pedal can build with your old bike parts.
(Photos: Maya Pedal)

A nonprofit based in Guatemala that builds pedal-powered machines for farm laborers is making a supply run in Portland this weekend. Maya Pedal builds a variety of “bicimaquinas” (bicycle machines) that can do everything from pump water, thresh corn, shell nuts and blend soaps and shampoos.

The Central American farming villages served by Maya Pedal have no electricity and they typically earn less than $6 per day. These families rely on bikes and parts from the United States and Canada to keep their programs running. This Saturday (9/16), volunteers with Maya Pedal USA (a support group based stateside) will be at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm accepting donations.

Look through your parts pile! Here’s a list of things they need:

– 26-inch wheels
– Knobby tires (Maya Pedal also builds bikes for locals, and the roads are typically dirt)
– Mountain bike frames
– Comfortable saddles
– Very small frames (average height in Guatemala is between 4’6” and 5’2”), and a typical user of the machines is female, so under 5′
– Gently used wrenches and tools
– Wire feed welders
– Typical bike nuts and bolts
– Misc bike parts


Watch this cool video about their work

Everyone who donates a bike or part at the event can enjoy a pedal-powered smoothie made on a Maya Pedal machine.

Also at the event you’ll hear from Maya Pedal USA spokesman Dave Renfrow and Maya Pedal volunteer veterans from Portland. Check the event listing here and learn more at MayaPedal.org.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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8 Comments
  • bikeninja September 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Awesome, I will be there with my stash of old parts for sure.

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  • Russell September 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    A sweep of the Springwater should be quite fruitful for this event.

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    • CaptainKarma September 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      If you find a green Kona, it’s mine.

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  • colton September 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Ha! Ensuenos on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua has a bicycle-run water pump so that you can shower, etc.

    Really cool place to go if you are a hobbit. Ask for “Bing Crosby” to take you snorkeling, he’s cool.

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  • Vince September 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Git some stuff that is on their list. I’d love to donate but can’t make it during the hours and day listed. Can donations come at any other times?

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    • Diana Holland September 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Feel free to items off any time! Source: 9/6 post about the event by Velo Cult on their facebook page

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  • bikeninja September 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Something tells me bicycle powered water pumps and corn grinders are going to be in our future more so than self driving cars and jet packs.

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    • 9watts September 12, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      I think you’re on to something there.

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