LA Creamery Dishes Up Pedal-Churned Ice Cream

A friend on Facebook shared a great quote yesterday: “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” -Grant Petersen, a bicycle designer and the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works.

Bikes really are amazing things. Even though the basic design has remained the same for hundreds of years, bikes are still the simple answer to a lot of problems: traffic? obesity? carbon emissions? lack of parking? All would simply disappear if we all swapped cars for bikes. And it doesn’t stop with bike riding. We’ve seen bikes recycle e-waste, charge electronics, and do laundry. Now, an new LA business is using bikes for the most delicious reason of all, churning ice cream.

Peddler’s Creamery produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream and frozen desserts for Los Angeles. The company started as (what else?) a Kickstarter-funded mobile unit, selling delicious scoops from the back of a tricycle. Enthused by the demand for its bike-powered goodness, Peddler’s recently opened its first brick-and-mortar shop at 458 S. Main St in Los Angeles.

Owner Edward Belden tells The Atlantic that he’s been interesting in bicycling since childhood, and ice cream since working at a Baskin Robbins when he was in high school. After taking a class in ice-cream-making at the University of Wisconsin, he finally come up with a way to combine the two.

Using an old Schwinn bike mounted on rollers, Belden and employees use the bike-generated power to churn each and every original flavor that’s sold in the shop. According to owner Edward Belden, it only takes about 3-4 miles of pedaling (aboard an old Schwinn bike mounted on rollers) to freeze a 5-gallon batch. The task usually takes about 15 minutes, and so far, his legs have been able to keep up with the demand.

The storefront “has been built to LEED standards, incorporates a mixing room made out of recycled pallets and a kinetic bike sculpture. Customers can watch ice cream being made and sometimes get a chance to spin the pedals themselves,” reports the Atlantic.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog