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A basic bicycle generator can be a really simple and fun project for newcomers and amateurs to the world of electronics and inventions. In this article, we will describe two different types of generators. The first one is for a pedal bike. It can be mounted onto the bike wherever you go. The other is for a stationary bike. With this one, you can easily charge a battery or power a small TV.

Acquire a Motor – The first step is to acquire a DC motor for bicycle generator. This can be purchased from an old computer or printer. Motors are present in almost every electronic item. You can even go online and buy a new motor at an affordable price. Once you have acquired or bought a motor, you need to take off o-rings and plastic gears.

Mount the Motor – The next step is to mount the motor onto the back tire of the bicycle. This will allow the tire to turn the shaft of the motor. You will also need to put a sort of disc to the arm of this motor. This will allow it to touch the tire. It is always better to use big rubber discs as they provide good friction. The turning will cause voltage to easily come across the leads on this motor.

Basic Procedure for A Stationary Bicycle – First, let us talk about a stationary bicycle. If you are trying to build a stationary bicycle generator, you will have to build a stand too. This will make sure that your back tire is elevated. You should use a multimeter or voltmeter to measure the voltage your motor is producing when you are pedaling. Usually, this will be enough to power a small TV or charge a 12 volt battery.

The next step is to attach a voltage regulator to the leads of the motor, reaching whatever equipment you want to charge or run. If you do not use a regulator, batteries can explode. For those of you who do not know, voltage regulators are small chips. They can be easily soldered onto a circuit. It is quite simple and easy to acquire a schematic for every voltage regulator. You can get them at an electronics store or online.

Once you have used a voltage regulator with motor for bicycle generator, you can feel free to run any compatible appliance. You can get around 100 to 200 watts of power. However, you need to use the right kind of motor.

Basic Procedure for A Moving Bicycle – On the other hand, if you are trying to build a generator on a moving bike, you just have to mount the battery holder near the back tire. It will be better if you mount it just above the tire. This way, you will not have to use long connecting wires. You also need to make sure that the wires are tight and do not get caught up in the tire. The rest of the steps are the same as a stationary bike generator.

Source by Gavin Mathews

Just imagine after building the pigeon loft of champions you find out that you overlooked a vital element to your pigeons racing success. To make matters worse you found out because of this missing element you have lost several key races and if nothing is done your pigeons will continue to lose. You may be thinking to yourself this is an extreme what could be that important. Let me tell you my friend in racing pigeon's one key element off of your loft can be the means to winning or losing.

Okay I think I given you enough reason to at least keep reading to find out what the key element is. The element I am referring to here is the pigeon perch. Now believe me, I did not realize the importance of this element either but believe me it is pivotal for your loft since the comfort of your pigeons depends on it.

Now the exact type of your pigeon perch will be different due to your breed of pigeon. In most cases racing pigeons and fancy pigeons that look like racers will and should have the same kind of perch. The most common measurements for these perches are approximately 10 inches square, with a depth ranging about 5 inches. These kinds of perches are commonly known as "box perches". In more cases than not these perches can be built in units and will fit smoothly into the wall space at the back of your loft section.

Now take note these box pigeon perches are not really made for fancy pigeons with more fluffy feathered legs. The reason being their feathers would easily become dirty from the droppings. For this factor you should make a pigeon perch that will allow your more feathered fancy to stand comfortably, without risking his plumage getting damaged or dirty.

Now since the box perch will not be suitable in this case it is highly recommend that you should think of designing the inverted "v" perch. These are the best for the fancy breeds.Depending on your preference and what looks like the norm of most fanciers many perches are designed as floor units. There are pro's and cons to this design but absolutely the decision is yours.

Source by Andre Banks

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