Generating electricity with a bicycle seems like a natural combination: tap some of the energy that goes into turning the wheels and convert it to power to light your way. Miami startup Spinetics takes that idea to the next level with the CydeKick, a generator that not only powers lights, but also charges USB devices such as phones, cameras and GPS units on the fly.
At the same time, the generating process has been improved to cause less drag on the wheels.
The Cydekick Pro consists of a wheel-mounted generator and a handlebar-mounted headlight and USB charging unit, all of which can be installed by the user. An optional taillight accessory is available as well. The high-intensity LED headlight can be set to steady or flashing operation, and built-in power storage means that the lights stay illuminated even when the rider is not pedaling. Best of all, the generator uses frictionless technology and therefore adds no extra resistance the way traditional dynamos do…