Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. So far, we have developed several original designs that have proven to be both functional and economical.
Maya Pedal is renowned for innovative pedal machines made with bicycles; water pumps, corn mills, grain mills, coffee grinders and more. Cyclists receive a free night with their tent on the property at the Maya Pedal.
Maya Pedal believes the simple solutions are usually the best solutions.
Bicycle machines, bicimaquinas are appropriate technology for communities where electric energy is not available or not affordable.
Bicycle machines are relatively inexpensive, user maintained and repaired, and emit no pollution.
Leg driven pedal power machines generate about 5 times the energy and productivity as arm powered machines and are generally 20 times faster than hand work.
The Mayan culture is one of the last remaining opportunities to preserve indigenous culture. Despite 500 years of colonial rule, a 36 year civil war, the Mayan culture faces its greatest challenge today; adapting in the 21st century.
200,000 families are without clean water in Guatemala. Other Central American countries report similar numbers.
Most Maya income is from subsistence farm work; share-croppers. Average family income is $5.50 daily.
Increased income helps get kids into school and keep families together and reduce dangerous migrations to the USA for farm labor.
The Maya culture may be the world’s last best chance to preserve indigenous culture. Despite 500 years of colonial rule, a 36 year civil war, the Maya culture faces its greatest challenge today; adapting in the 21st century.
Maya Pedal for more than 20 years provides solutions – proven, effective and simple
What are bicycle machines?
They are machines driven with pedal force, being an intermediate technology. Tool that serves to support the family economy, obtaining a higher capacity than the manual. Each bicimáquina is handcrafted in our workshop using used bicycles, concrete, wood, and metal. We have designed several models that are functional and economical.
It is a pleasure to share our designs with other organizations that work with appropriate technology.
They are machines driven with pedal force, being an intermediate technology. These machines support a family’s economy, generating a higher capacity than manual labor. Each bicycle machine is handcrafted in our workshop utilizing used bicycle components, concrete, wood, and metal. We have designed 22 models that are functional and economical.
It is our pleasure to share our designs with other organizations whom share our vision and appreciation of these machines.
For over 20 years Maya Pedal has provided effective and simple solutions.
Maya Pedal’s relationship with Rotary is primarily related to clean water. This international organization has 1.2 million members.
AGRAPTO produces and markets shampoos from aloe, chamomile, basil, rosemary, rose, horsetail, noni, etc. They use Maya Pedal’s bicycle blender to manufacture their products.
Is a Guatemalan NGO located in Santa Lucía Lachuá, Alta Verapaz which works with 34 of surrounding communities of the Maya Q’eqchi’ heritage. Maya Pedal and ADAWA share similar focuses including: clean water, maize harvest and maize processing.
Is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which leads efforts to defeat hunger. FAO is located in Chiquimula and is working with Maya Pedal to develop a machine to assist jute fiber extraction from agave leaves.