Invention Lets You Charge Your Cell Phone by Pedaling Your Bicycle

For anyone with a bike and a USB cable, your life is about to get a little easier. South Florida resident Nicolas Zamora is an engineer with a passion for cycling. He combined those two elements and created the CydeKick — a device that hooks on to the wheel of most commuter bikes and produces electric power for headlights, smartphones, and other devices that can be charged with a USB cable. The gadget produces no extra friction, so you won’t realize it's there.

Zamora’s journey to the Cydekick began about three years ago, when a friend left a mint-green bike at Zamora’s house to “bike-sit.” That mint-green bike soon transformed into a Frankenstein-esque experiment resulting in Spinetics. Now Zamora and his close friend are ready to launch the homegrown, eco-friendly startup with a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to get the CydeKick on bikes around Miami.

“I used that bike to test out different ideas and concepts,” explains Zamora. “But it was really just a weekend hobby until I started to see potential about a year and a half ago. Now we joke that our creation is 'greener than Frankenstein' because I basically breathed life into the bike with all of the experimenting.”

The tech startup will offer two versions of the CydeKick – the mini and the pro. Both models use their frictionless generator technology, which powers high-intensity headlights included with the system. The CydeKick Pro takes the device one step further with the ability to charge USB devices like smartphones, action cameras, and GPS systems. The mini weighs about 0.6 pounds, while the pro weighs 1.08 pounds. Zamora hasn’t solidified pricing yet but estimates the mini will sell for $35 to $50 with the pro $150 to $200.

“We’re hoping it will be available to the consumer by the end of this year or the first quarter of next year,” says Zamora. “It’ll be in bike shops and available in our online shop. We really want it to be a Miami thing with Miami locals, so for now were just promoting it here.”

In the meantime, Zamora and Hamm are focused on Kickstarter, which is an all-or-nothing crowd-funding platform. Spinetics must reach its goal at the end of the campaign to receive any of the funds. To add a unique spin to the campaign, Spinetics will offer a variety of rewards for Kickstarter backers, including 20 to 30 fixed-gear bikes painted and designed by three Wynwood street artists. The company also plans to donate 3 percent of all profits to cancer research at the University of South Florida.

The campaign begins July 30 and runs through August 29. Until then, check out Spinetics’ website for information and updates.

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