I am wanting to build a bicycle powered generator. Anyone interested in helping me? I have an old, small gas powered generator with a blown engine, I was going to try to use that as the generator. But I need electrical help, I hooked up my bike and spun the alternator section of this generator but was not able to get any electrical generation, I think I need to connect a small load to it in order to get it to generate? If this unit does not work, I was going to just buy a 12 volt DC motor (1/6 to 1/4 hp) and follow the www.makeshiftproject.com plans to build one like theirs shown below. I ordered their plans.
What did you use to determine whether you were generating electricity or not? A meter? A lightbulb? Your tongue?