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Silverback Builds Urban Bikes with USB Chargers for Your Gadgets

Posted By Brit Liggett On September 8, 2011 @ 10:40 am In Bicycles,Green Transportation,Renewable Energy | 1 Comment

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At long last our dreams are coming true. Now thanks to Silverback [1], we can charge our gadgets while we ride around town on our favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation [2]. The Starke 1 [3] and Starke 2 [4] bicycles each have a USB gadget [5] 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.

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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 [2] 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 [5] 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 [5] with your own motion is pretty amazing – so we’re guessing once they hit the market, these peddlers will be a hot commodity.

+ Silverback [6]

Via Engadget [1]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Silverback: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/07/silverbacks-starke-city-bikes-charge-your-gadgets-firm-your-th/

[2] two-wheeled mode of transportation: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/bicycles-green-transportation/

[3] Starke 1: http://www.silverbacklab.com/web_gallery/starke1.htm

[4] Starke 2: http://www.silverbacklab.com/web_gallery/starke2.htm

[5] gadget: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets

[6] + Silverback: http://www.silverbacklab.com/news.htm

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