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Welcome to the HUMAN POWER Digital Library 

by David Gordon Wilson


The main purpose of this collection is to present all previous issues of the journal Human Power in an easily accessible and searchable form.  Human Power has been the technical journal of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA).  Chet Kyle describes in his essay Human Power's First Issue how he and Jack Lambie started the IHPVA in California, USA, together with a group of enthusiasts who wanted to race streamlined and otherwise unconventional cycles outside the strict rules of then-accepted bicycle racing.  

Human Power started out as a casual newsletter of this group, with a mix of race and meeting announcements and some technical articles relevant to their activities, often eight pages per issue. Later the group decided to produce HPV News to carry the announcements and race results and similar information of immediate interest, and to reserve Human Power for technical articles of longer-term interest.  This change in direction was given more significance because of the sad folding of two other journals, Bike Tech and Cycling Science, devoted to similar topics.  "HP" also broadened its scope somewhat to include articles about human-powered tools, for instance the analysis and design of a human-powered brick-making machine in India.

 At the time this collection was put together (2004), Human Power had been published for over 25 years, producing a storehouse of priceless information.  A small but controversial group of enthusiasts had come together to put out this collection, to preserve this information and make it accessible by present and future enthusiasts.

Most of us remember starting in the human-power area without having a library of information on past work available.  Experimenters in human power in general, and perhaps in human-powered vehicles in particular, didn't publish much.  In a world where people seem to have lost their balance with regard to using high-powered vehicles and tools of all sorts, as against using their muscles, and where global warming is producing serious changes in the earth's climate, and where obesity in adults and young people is becoming an epidemic, we want to make sure that a valuable resource like the past issues of Human Power are available to anyone who is interested.

May 14, 2004


Each PDF file represents one issue of Human Power.  The file sizes range between 400kB and 6 MB. 

01-v1n1-1977.pdf
02-winter-1978.pdf
03-summer-1979.pdf
04-fall-1979.pdf
05-spring-1980.pdf
06-winter-1981.pdf
07-fall-1981.pdf
08-v2n1-1982.pdf
09-v2n2-1983.pdf
10-v3n1-1984.pdf
11-v3n2-1984.pdf
12-v3n3-1985.pdf
13-v3n4-1985.pdf
14-v4n1-1985.pdf 
15-v5n1-1985.pdf
16-v5n2-1986.pdf
17-v5n3-1986.pdf
18-v5n4-1986.pdf
19-v6n1-1987.pdf
20-v6n2-1987.pdf
21-v6n3-1987.pdf
22-v7n1-1988.pdf
23-v7n2-1988.pdf
24-v7n3-1989.pdf
25-v7n4-1989.pdf
26-v8n2-1-1990.pdf
27-v8vn1-2-1990.pdf
28-v8n4-1990.pdf
29-v9n1-1991.pdf
30-v9n2-1991.pdf
31-v9n3-1991.pdf
32-v10n1-1992.pdf
33-v10n2-1992.pdf
34-v10n3-1993.pdf
35-v10n4-1993.pdf
36-v11n1-1994.pdf
37-v11n2-1994.pdf
38-v11n3-1994.pdf
39-v11n4-1994.pdf
40-v12n1-1995.pdf

 

41-v12n2-1995.pdf
42-v12n3-1996.pdf
43-v12n4-1997.pdf
44-v13n1-1997.pdf
45-v13n2-1998.pdf
46-v13n3-1998.pdf
hp47-n46-1998.pdf
hp48-1999.pdf
hp49-1999.pdf
hp50-2000.pdf
hp51-2001.pdf
hp52-2001.pdf
hp53-2002.pdf
hp54-2003.pdf
hp55-2004 (selected articles)
Index

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