Smart phones are increasingly used by cyclists. Not only are they useful for fitness apps such as Strava and Mapmyride but also as navigational devices and cameras. A whole host of products now exist to facilitate mounting your smart phone safely on your bike.
However, smart phones are plagued by short battery life, especially when using the screen and other functions such as GPS and bluetooth. If you are on a long ride or perhaps even touring, your phone running out of juice can be a big concern.
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To this end, Cydekick aims to solve this problem. The system mounts on the front or rear wheel hub, and uses spinning magnets to generate power through electromagnetic induction. This is arguably a superior solution to older dynamo designs that rubbed against the tyre or wheel. The Cydekick features a USB output for charging smartphones, action cams, GPS devices, lights and whatever else you can think of…
The system also comes with a high intensity headlight that can be charged too. This system would be useful for commuters, but even more so for touring, where access to electricity is not always possible. With this gadget you never have to worry about your phone battery dying.
Other generator hubs exist, but the CydeKick differs because you can add it to your existing wheel. CydeKick launches on Kickstarter (opens in new tab) next month (July 30th) with details of pricing yet to be announced.
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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.
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