Sunday, September 02, 2007

A bicycle made for soap?

The other day while web surfing, I happened upon a website named Just Soap where a bicycle is used to make soap. Of course, my curiousity was piqued and I had to learn more. As I read the bio on "why a bicycle" I found the concept to be downright ingenious. Founder, Frederick Breeden was able to combine two things he is passionate about (biking and soap) and transform them into something that provides both a living and a greater level of fitness.

This one-of-a-kind bicycle-powered soap blender uses a belt that turns a blade in a large stainless steel vat to stir the soap ingredients. It usually takes about two hours of pedaling to thicken up the soap for pouring. Near the end, the last 20 minutes or so, the pedaling gets pretty difficult.

So why the bicycle? Fredrick was making soap the traditional way, by hand stirring. It was taking him so long that he could only process 80 pounds of soap at a time. Since he loves to bike, it dawned on him that legs are much stronger than arms, so why not try to mix the soap with a bicycle. He searched for a bicycle builder to help design and build the contraption he now uses.

Fredrick has even taken his bicycle concept to the next level... he markets it! The website sells t-shirts advertising his unique soap making techinque. Way to go Fredrick!

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