|Isaac Porras founder of Solar Cycle|
Power at the start of last year's
start of the New York to DC
I first met Isaac a couple of years ago in San Jose at a key time in his young life. Armed with a recent graduate degree in engineering, a new job at a local Silicon Valley technology company, and a budding interest in cycling advocacy and transportation advocacy in general. He had recently decided to part ways with his car and use his bicycle as a primary mode of transportation.
Isaac is young man in motion. After founding Solar Cycle to produce solar kits for cyclists, his Solar Cycle product was recently featured in Wired magazine's Gadget Lab, and he currently has two projects listed on Kickstarter's website.
Isaac grew up in San Jose, California and earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. His father owns a sheet metal shop and he learned most of his manufacturing and design knowledge making sheet metal parts for customers.
Most of his experience after college has been in the semiconductor industry designing parts for machines, however after being laid off in 2009, he got rid of his car to save money. The difficulties of transitioning from a car to a bicycle led him start Solarcycle and design USB solar charging devices that attach to bicycles.
Solarcycle was founded.
His product will allow cyclists to enjoy the advantage of their Smart Phones and other USB enabled devices on their trips without having to worry about running out of power. The lightweight, high-power, weatherproof Solar USB charger allows charging of any USB device directly from the sun.Isacc is extremely happy with the extent that is new product has sparked interest in the cycling community even among those of cloudy, rainy Portland, Oregon. In fact, Solarcycle has signed up for the next charity ride in May and the new Solarcycle Delux Kit will generate even more power!