seemingly like magic, you can turn your bike into a smart, illuminated bicycle by exchanging the brake pads for ‘magnic microlights’, developed by dirk strothmann. with no friction, batteries or cables, it provides endless energy that lights up the front and back wheels. furthermore, the lights can be adjusted to illuminate the cyclist and/or to shine on the road ahead.

all images courtesy of dirk strothmann



the system is the world’s smallest contact and frictionless bicycle dynamo, which is integrated with lighting inside the brake shoe of a calliper brake. the patented technology functions by following the practice of eddy current induction; a magnetic wheel in a generator, separated from the bicycle rim by a narrow air gap, induces temporary magnetic fields even in non-magnetic aluminum bike rims, when it is moving at high speeds. ‘magnic micolights’ do not need any batteries or external cables, it can be fitted and work on any bicycle.



the ‘magnic microlights’ all feature a brake light setting that, when they are applied, the lights brighten up to warn drivers and other road users behind. similarly, when turning, the lights signal the change in direction, flashing like a car indicator. the smart devices also include speed data transmission, crash detection, and navigation technology.


dirk strothmann is currently seeking funding for his ‘magnic microlights’ development. find more about the product and support its campaign here on kickstarter.

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