Tonight I saw, for the second time, a TV program that mentioned the bicycle/electricity generator. This time, I noted the name of the company featured on the show. It's called Working Bikes Cooperative. So, I got online and took a look at it.
It's based in Chicago but the website didn't mention the generators. Its primary purpose is to recycle bikes that are donated to it and ship them to 3rd world countries primarily, I guess, for transportation. Or, maybe they've branched out into the generators since the last time they updated their website. It looks to be run on a shoestring so updates may be rare.
They sell bikes locally in order to finance the donation activities. So, my thought of buying my generator from that company flew out the window. Still, I thought I'd mention it here so that folks in the area can check em out if they want to. So, if you live in the Chicago area and are in the market for an inexpensive bike, this might be a great place to pick one up.
Here's their website in case you're interested.