Bike-powered concert part of Aggie Bike Week

A pedal-powered concert on the Utah State University campus Wednesday (Oct. 21) will apparently provide the energy to power the instruments of the performing musicians. It is one of the features of the first ever USU Bike Week, Oct. 19-23. Aggie Blue Bikes, an organization which loans bikes to USU students free of charge, sponsors the week’s events. The concert features Julia Mecham, Ryan Morse and the Angels Share. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Taggart Student Center auditorium. Bike Week event coordinator is Christy Jensen. “Our mission is ‘More People on More Bikes’ and that’s the reason for Bike Week,” she said. “For the concert we have a bike generator and the user sits on the bike and pedaling produces enough to power a bass guitar and vocals.” A $3 donation is appreciated and free Ibis hot chocolate and coffee will be served to those who bring a mug, the cost is $1 without a mug. The pedal-powered system was first successfully used last May at a USU concert during national bike month. Crafted in the Aggie Blue Bikes workshop, the carbon-free, pedal-powered system relies solely on the energy created from pedaling and can power virtually any electronic device, including amplifiers. Friday is “Bike to School Day” and anyone riding a bike that day will receive free breakfast from the Aggie Blue Bikes feed station near the Taggart Center patio (7:30-10:30 a.m.)

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