Subscribe -- FREE!
Shel Horowitz's monthly Clean and Green Newsletter
Receive these exciting bonuses: Seven Tips to Gain Marketing Traction as a Green Guerrilla plus Seven Weeks to a Greener Business
( Privacy Policy )

Steve Roberts: Have Computerized Solar Bicyle--Will Travel

Solo adventurer Steve Roberts pedals his high-tech solar-assisted computerized bicycle around the world.

What has four complete computer systems, weighs 300+ pounds, and climbs mountains without a motor? The "Winnebiko"--Steve Roberts' constantly evolving advanced technology laboratory on wheels. It also has a 54-speed transmission to get all that weight up hills, on-board ham radio, remote wireless communication, cellular modem, and lots of other gadgetry. His 82-watt solar generator not only powers the computers and communications equipment, but also cools his helmet and water supply.

Biking around the schoolyard was never like this.

Roberts, 37, has pedaled 15,000 miles since leaving his full-time job in 1983 for the lure of constant travel. His present livelihood combines "biketop publishing" his bimonthly journal, Nomadness, consulting--specifically, on-line searches and information brokerage, product testing for the makers of his high tech equipment--and freelance writing. He also authored a popular book, Computing Across America.

Roberts believes satellite communication will open up a whole new level of personal computing, controlled by individuals--not corporate phone networks--and liberated from desks. As for his own future, he'll be taking off this summer on a bike trip through Europe and the Soviet Union.

Any second thoughts? "I've had a few moments of terror because of inadequate brakes."

To contact Steve Roberts, or to subscribe to Nomadness, write Nomadic Research Labs, P.O. Box 2390, Santa Cruz, CA 95063


Share this article/site with a Friend
Share/Bookmark


  
Bookmark Us




Many of the 1,000+ articles on Frugal Fun and Frugal Marketing have been gathered into magazines. If you'd like to read more great content on these topics, please click on the name of the magazine you'd like to visit.

Ethics Articles - Down to Business Magazine - Frugal & Fashionable Living Magazine
Global Travel Review - Global Arts Review - Peace & Politics Magazine
Frugal Marketing Tips - Frugal Fun Tips - Positive Power of Principled Profit

Clean and Green Marketing

Our Privacy Policy


Disclosures of Material Connections:
  • Some of the links on our site and items in our newsletters are sponsored ads or affiliate links. This financial support allows us to bring you the consistent high quality of information and constant flow of new content. Please thank our advertisers if you do business with them.
  • As is the case for most professional reviewers, many of the books I review on this site have been provided by the publisher or author, at no cost to me. I've also reviewed books that I bought, because they were worthy of your time. And I've also received dozens of review copies at no charge that do not get reviewed, either because they are not worthy or because they don't meet the subject criteria for this column, or simply because I haven't gotten around to them yet, since I only review one book per month. I have far more books in my office than I will ever read, and the receipt of a free book does not affect my review.

Site copyright © 1996-2011 by Shel Horowitz