Category: electric

Cat’s new electric super cruiser

Even if you don’t know Cat, you might have seen his old Blackbird Super Cruiser around town. He recently completed an all new redesign that’s more better than the original.

About five years ago, Cat bought an electric conversion kit for his cruiser style bicycle. That bike broke after about 2000 miles of hard-commuting miles, but he had such a ball he decided to build a new cruiser from scratch. Most people who see Cat and his bike just call it “The Bike,” but he calls it the Blackbird Super Cruiser. I first saw the Blackbird in 2010.

Cat's chopper


Clever USB charging dynamo for bikes

My cell phone generally runs out of juice after three hours when the GPS is actively in use, which is the scenario when I’m tracking my bike rides. Engineers Aaron Latzke & David Delcourt in San Francisco designed this clever USB charging system that inserts over your bicycle rear wheel axle between the fork and the hub. It looks like they’ve thought of everything.

(At first I freaked out when I saw that women using her Kryptonite New York Lock on the top tube but then I noticed the locking skewer for her wheels, so she’s good.)

If my math is correct and the claims from Siva are accurate, it looks like this Siva Cycle Atom USB charger pulls a hair over 3 watts of power from my legs. I think I can sacrifice 1½% of my cycling effort on a long ride to keeping my phone charged.

Details at Kickstarter here. Via Kevin Shutt in Florida.