Digital Bike Tachometer

This digital DIY tachometer for bikes uses two reed switches to get the speed information of the bicycle. The reed switches are installed near the rim of the wheel where permanent magnets pass by. The permanent magnets are attached to the wheelspokes and activate the reed switches everytime they pass by it. The speed is […]

Circuit Project: 40 LED Bicycle Light

The 555 circuit below is a flashing bicycle light powered with four C,D or AA cells (6 volts). Two sets of 20 LEDs will alternately flash at approximately 4.7 cycles per second using RC values shown (4.7K for R1, 150K for R2 and a 1uF capacitor). Time intervals for the two lamps are about 107 […]

High Power Bicycle Horn

An interesting circuit of a bicycle horn based on a popular, low cost telecom ringer chip is described here. This circuit can be powered using the bicycle dynamo supply and does not require batteries, which need to be replaced frequently. The section comprising diodes (D1 and D2) and capacitors (C1 and C2) forms a half-wave […]

Bike Battery Charger

This simple circuit allows a 12V battery pack to be charged via a bike generator. The generator is rated at 3W and with this voltage multiplier circuit provides about 200mA at about 15km/h. A 12V system was chosen because it allows the use of a car horn (get noticed)! Two 6V 3W globes in series […]