A few readers of this blog have emailed to ask more about the cool and funky Bicilicuadora – the bicycle-smoothie-making device – at Maya Pedal. Here’s a few close up pictures to explain it in a little more detail, should you be inspired to create such a wonderful machine.
This particular Bicilicuadora is the reincarnation of an old, classic Schwinn, built as a mobile smoothie maker by Nina and Ilja as a showpiece to promote the organisation. Volunteers in Iztapa, Guatemala, can head down to the Antigua’s boisterous market, rustle up tasty smoothies and advertise what’s going on in the workshop. The nice thing about this version is that with a few adjustments, it could be mounted to almost any bike. In fact, you could even make a more compact one for travelling (and pay your way?), or fit a larger board for chopping fruit.
The whole project is pretty straight forward and shouldn’t take too long, depending on how much life your donor bike needs breathing back into it – in this case, it needed an overhaul. Building the stand and wooden mount took them a couple of days, with much of the time spent sourcing the materials amongst the oily boxes of Mayapedal’s hotpotch of spares.
The Bicilicuadora is just one in a range of pedal powered machines built for the local Guatemalan communities – check out Maya Pedal for more info.