31 July, 2006
30 July, 2006
28 July, 2006
What's Up With WACKEMALL-2?
Here's what I can tell you about WACKEMALL-2: It will be lighter, easier to drive, have a lower center of gravity, stronger wheels, better braking, and a more modern look that's every bit as visually striking as the WACKEMALL-1. And it will have an electrically operated front wheel drive that requires no gasoline whatsoever with a range of 50-100 miles before it becomes necessary to recharge the batteries.
Sorry, but thanks to the Bush Administration we're still not allowed to travel faster than 20 miles per hour.
25 July, 2006
Catch The WACKEMALL-1
24 July, 2006
23 July, 2006
StreetPlanes In The News
From Yes Weekly: "The city's first streetplane is poetry in motion."
Greensboro101 Citizens' Media
Greensboro Is Talking
WFMY TV2 Independence Day Parade Coverage
Our first national story appeared in Make Magazine.
19 July, 2006
Also, tonight the WACKEMALL-1 will be landing at Panara Bread on Lawndale Drive-- a busy street in an affulent neighborhood shopping center in Greensboro, North Carolina (map) for our local Blogger MeetUp Group. You need not be a member to attend.
Learn what StreetPlanes can do for your business by clicking back there.
18 July, 2006
Also, StreetPlane pilot and co-founder, Billy Jones taught his first poetry class today. It's Billy's dream that someday StreetPlanes can bring poetry, art, music, science, and lots of other creative ideas to children everywhere.
Please use the links on the right to learn more about StreetPlanes.
17 July, 2006
Pilot's Gear Bag with glow in the dark lettering so you'll have more visibility for those late night flights. Like all StreetPlanes products they can be customized by the buyer.
Offical Pilot's Uniform T-shirt also has glow in the dark lettering but you can change it if you wish.
More products are on the way.
StreetPlanes Are Growing
We'll resume flying tomorrow.
12 July, 2006
What Can StreetPlanes Do?
StreetPlanes can move to where the people are. Sure, there's lots of billboards out there on the highways of America but have you ever seen a crowd gather around a billboard?
StreetPlanes can park-- even in your competitor's parking lot. That is, until he or she threatens to call the police.
StreetPlanes can "fly" past your competitor's business location and not even the police can prevent us from doing that.
StreetPlane pilots can keep an online journal of their adventurers and mention, even link to your business-- a lot.
StreetPlanes can deliver "air mail." Okay, it's not really air mail but StreetPlane pilots can pass out your company literature so that passers-by will take your message home with them.
What else can StreetPlanes do that billboards can't do? How about teaching reading and writing skills to needy children. Yes, StreetPlanes can even do that.
11 July, 2006
Build Your Own StreetPlane
We'll talk more about the business stuff later, for now let's concentrate on building your StreetPlane.
We built out first StreetPlane mostly from junk bicycles but that's the hard way and by the time you replace those worn out cables, chains, tires, and brakes you could possibly save money starting out with new bicycles new bicycles like these. Not only will this give you all the basic parts needed but it will also leave you with spare parts for when something wears out.
WACKEMALL-1 is powered by a 4 stroke Subaru/Robin engine from Staton Inc. Staton sells everything you need to mount the motor to most bicycle frames. The WACKEMALL-2 will be powered by electric hub motors and possibly a Staton kit.
We're already in the planning stages for the WACKEMALL-3 and we'll be including go-kart parts & accessories in its construction. As a matter of fact, the WACKEMALL-1 uses heavy duty go cart rod ends in its steering assembly.
You're going to be riding all day, might I suggest the best seat I've ever sat my big ol' butt on?
When it comes to keeping the tires inflated these guys claim to have solved the problem and we'll no doubt give them a try but the Wackemall-1 has done quite well with Slime Tubes. Whichever you choose, just remember that standard bicycle tubes are crap.
I'm surprised no one ever thought of this before. Sure, there's other generator lights out there but this one works without wearing out the sidewalls of your tires, requires no wiring, has two generators, and uses low voltage digital lighting. I haven't used the ReeLight Generator Light yet, but I did just place my order. If you've got experience with this or any of the products I've mentioned I'd love to hear from you.
Thinking of building an e-bike powered StreetPlane? Need new batteries for your e-bike? Why not take a look at NiMH 24V 3000mAh batteries to replace those old lead acid batteries or for that new project bike or hybrid. Look around, they've probably got other sizes as well. At least one brand of electric bicycles uses batteries like these to power their kits.
Need new brake pads. ?
Here's some books that will help:
Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant
Convert It by Michael Brown
Electric Motors and Control Techniques by Irving M. Gottlieb
Big Blue Book Of Bicycle Repair by Calvin Jones
And remember: StreetPlanes are green advertising, and just like Flip and Chilly we all need to do our part to stop global warming.
Lastly, it's a smart move to register your bike with the National Bike Registry-- a nationwide data base that police check when they recover a stolen bicycle.
wholesale rechargeable batteries
Electric Bike w/ NiMH Battery
Electric Transportation Solutions
Search for electric bicycles.
Search for motorized bicycles.
You can read all about Billy's "high flying" adventures at Billy The Flying Poet.
Remember: StreetPlanes take your message to where the prople are.
09 July, 2006
The pictures you're looking at are of the WACKEMALL-1, the world's first StreetPlane. Besides making a very visual statement bound to catch the attention of your audience, the WACKEMALL-1 is the green alternative to unsightly billboards and 10 MPG truck-based rolling billboards burning precious diesel fuel at $3.50 a gallon or more.
The WACKEMALL-1 is a human/gasoline powered hybrid capable of exceeding 100 miles per gallon of regular gasoline at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour-- just perfect for operating on downtown city streets and urban areas where trucks might not be allowed to travel. The propeller is powered by the winds and use of the gasoline engine is only necessary on steep inclines and when the rider sees a need to "fly" at full speed for an extended period of time.
StreetPlanes are legal in all 50 US States as prescribed by Federal Laws defining bicycles.
The WACKEMALL-1 can pull your banner(s) or if you'd like to give away free samples of your products we can put your logo on a lightweight trailer.
Future versions of WACKEMALL StreetPlanes will include many other equally stunning designs as well as human/electric hybrids, human/electric/solar hybrids, and possibly even Hydrogen fuel cells. StreetPlanes designed and built to fit your needs are also a possibility.
The WACKEMALL-1 made its debut in the 2006 Independence Day Parade in Greensboro, North Carolina where Wackemall and StreetPlanes are headquartered.
WACKEMALL, StreetPlanes, and StreetPlanes.com are Trademarks of Billy Jones.
Why Fly StreetPlanes?
Okay, so what is it we're selling? The short answer-- advertising-- but we've got so much more to offer.
Think about this: StreetPlanes are the most unique advertising since... Well, since advertising began. The very first day the WACKEMALL-1 "flew" the websites advertised on its banners (BloggingPoet.com and LaureatesKids.com) saw marked increases of several hundred first time readers with equally impressive results coming from every "flight" thereafter.
What can we offer you? For starters we can put your banner behind the WACKEMALL-1 and put your name in front of thousands of wide open eyeballs everyday.
We can also combine other forms of advertising along with StreetPlanes. Passing out fliers and/or free samples for instance. Anyone who buys advertising from Streetplanes can also get advertising on almost a dozen other websites for no extra charge. We can make a huge impact at public gatherings sometimes going where cars and trucks are banned. And you should hear the cheers the WACKEMALL-1 gets at a parade.
Think about it, trucks aren't always allowed downtown and billboards are ugly. Bystanders-- your potential customers-- describe StreetPlanes as "cute," "funny," "attractive," "exciting," "cool," and "unique." They like the fact that StreetPlanes get up to 100 miles per gallon and when riding downhill or on flat ground (engine-off) StreetPlanes are as quite as a bicycle. You see, a StreetPlane is in-fact a bicycle as defined by United States Federal Law.
And should the Subaru/Robin engine ever break down... then the pilot can still peddle the rest of the day. You see, StreetPlanes are true hybrids with multiple power systems completely separate from one another. How's that for beating downtime?
StreetPlanes work even when they're sitting still. Land one near a busy intersection and a crowd will draw in no time with people snapping pictures on their digital cameras or camera phones to send to friends and family. That means your advertising will reach customers who never even saw a StreetPlane except in a picture. I believe that's what those big time advertising agencies call "viral advertising."
So think about it and ask yourself if you'd like to buy the most effective advertising in the world today? If your answer is yes then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk.