Silverback Builds Urban Bikes with USB Chargers for Your Gadgets
At long last our dreams are coming true. Now thanks to Silverback, we can charge our gadgets while we ride around town on our favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation. The Starke 1 and Starke 2 bicycles each have a USB gadget port that is connected to a hub on the wheel that charges your gadgets while you pedal. But even when you don’t have a gadget plugged in, don’t fret, the energy won’t go to waste — it is fed into your bike’s lights, making replacement batteries a thing of the past.
Both the Starke 1 and 2 come with a USB port powered by a hub dynamo, and feature frames made from the same nickel alloy that each weigh in at about 30 pounds.
The bikes are part of Silverback’s 2012 line-up, and thus you’ll have to wait a bit to see how much these 9-speed gadget friendly rides will cost you. The Starke 1 will most likely clock in a bit above the price tag of the 2 since it comes with electric motor assisted cruising. But no matter the price, the ability to charge your gadgets with your own motion is pretty amazing – so we’re guessing once they hit the market, these peddlers will be a hot commodity.
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