Fast Company: Sleek Bike Charges Its Own Headlights And Your iPhone
The Starke by Silverback converts your effort into energy.
The math on your bike doesn’t seem to add up. The sweat from all those thigh-burning, hill-climbing miles evaporates into thin air, as you change batteries in your bike light and drag your GPS inside to charge it. Now a German bike company says it can transfer all those pedal revolutions into energy you can actually use.
Starke by Silverback is a new series of innovative bikes that hope to offer equally innovative solutions for their riders. While the Starke bikes definitely look sharp—think sleek adonized metal with colors like “exotic spice”—it’s one particular feature that’s getting the most attention: a front hub that converts forward movement into power for your iPod.”
Our goal was to offer something new, something different and totally awe-inspiring,” founder Deon Retief tells Co.Design. In looking how to best serve the contemporary city rider, Retief and his team noted a proclivity for using tech-savvy devices while on the streets. They fitted the bike with a tiny hub dynamo—basically an electric generator built into the wheel—which can produce enough power to light two bike lights (one in the front, one in the back), plus the USB port situated on the handlebars. Retief says that a speed of 7 to 9 miles per hour is enough to charge iPhones, iPods, or a GPS, and the lights will stay illuminated for up to 5 minutes after you stop pedaling. (click to read more!)