About

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy

All of us here at MonkeyLectric love riding our bikes.  We developed the Monkey Light to make riding at night just as fun as the day, and to share our good cheer with those around us.  The first thing you notice when you ride around town with a Monkey Light is how many smiles you get.  Just remember to smile back!

Safe Riding at Night

Monkey Light is the world leader in bike wheel lights. Our products are the brightest and most durable on the market, providing 360 degree visibility for commuter cyclists. Each model includes color and theme choices for everyone – from bright safety colors to amazing disco party effects. Safety has never been this much fun! All lights are IP67 waterproof, designed for daily use in all weather conditions.

Art & Style

The Monkey Light isn’t just a fun, practical bike light. It’s also a cutting edge digital art platform featuring generative and parameterizing techniques.  Each Monkey Light product includes a curated set of graphics featuring contributions from several artists.  Our style brings back the 8-bit arcade and early “demoscene” computer graphics.  What does all that mean?  It means that Monkey Light graphics are unique, fun and creative and you won’t get bored of them!

Innovation

The moment you pick up a Monkey Light you know you are holding something special.  Our solid rubber construction is completely unique because we developed it specially to meet the demands of year-round use on city streets.  It resists cracking, scratching, clouding, water and dirt better than any type of hard shell plastic.  It’s also thinner and lighter and will last years longer.  We developed our solid rubber construction ourselves, and operate our own manufacturing line here in California.

Our Monkey Light Pro is the world’s most advanced bicycle wheel display.  It is the first and only full color, full wheel, double-sided display capable of showing images and video on a bicycle wheel.

Made in California USA

How do we do it?  Many companies just assume everything will be cheaper if they make it in China.  We asked ourselves – is that really true?  We developed our own program of Manufacturing Coupled Design.  Our designers rapidly iterate based on direct integration with manufacturing.  This happens in a way which is just not possible with a distant manufacturer and it allows us to remain cost competitive and have a higher quality USA-made product.

Environment

Our products are designed to last as long as possible so you won’t have to replace them.  We only manufacture environmentally safe products (lead free and RoHS compliant).  We design our products to have equal or better performance using common rechargeable batteries.  We try to reduce materials and energy use in our manufacturing, products and packaging wherever possible.  We also hope our products will inspire more people to ride bikes!

Community

We believe a business should reflect the values of its owners and employees, and be an active member of the community.  Several of our staff are volunteer organizers of the largest Oakland and San Francisco events focusing on positive, community-wide cycling. Members of our staff are also actively involved with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and regularly advocate both for improvements to cycling infrastructure, and integration of bicycles with our public transit systems. We contribute many non-commercial projects and How-To’s to the open source community for others to build and use on their own. Our innovative mobile sound system designs have inspired many other builders and helped enable off-grid parties around the world.

Exhibits

Our exhibits take our technology to its ultimate impractical manifestation. Our n00tron 3D and Draw On The Wheel interactive exhibits feature unlimited modalities that engage participants of all ages, fostering free-form creativity and sparking inquisitiveness. We welcome a permanent home for either exhibit.

Staff

Dan Goldwater
Dan was a scientist at the MIT Media Lab when he built his first art bike. Dan co-founded Do-It-Yourself community site Instructables.com and technology development firm Squid Labs. Dan’s work has been featured in Nature and in the Smithsonian. Dan’s helmet is inspired by the Australian Magpie, a bird that is known to viciously attack the heads of cyclists – the best known prevention is to cover your helmet in cable ties.

Phillip Yip
Phil is an Engineer, AIDS LifeCyclist, and sometimes photographer whose whose work has been featured in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. He’s been a car-free bike commuter since 2007.

Aaron Burke
Aaron is our general purpose production wizard who can often be caught dancing while waterproofing the lights (unless he’s listening to metal, in which case he can be seen pretending to be holding two glowing orbs in his hands from time to time). He specializes in looking hella important in a lab coat and beanie combo. He’s into live music and stand-up comedy. You can follow the stupid things he says at work on the Twitter account that Phil keeps updated @fatgingerhipstr.

Chloe Behrens
Chloe is totally into cool stuff like flavorful dips and dancing to music… or to not music. Some believe she was born into a family of unicorns in a forest just outside of Bakersfield that no longer exists, or maybe it does… just invisibly or something. Ummm… there’s other stuff for sure, but she didn’t write this so you’ll just have to wait.

Noah Koeppel
Not much is known about this mysterious character who wandered into town last year after surviving the passage through the harsh, icy path leading through the Blood Ogre Mountains. In one hand he carried a battle worn steel axe and in the other an Android phone, with which he vanquishes the detestably blue portals of his enemies in the mystic game of Ingress. More to come once he gets to writing his own self summary.

Justin Aguinaldo
Not much is known about this mysterious character who wandered into town last year after surviving the passage through the harsh, icy path leading through the Blood Ogre Mountains. In one hand he carried a battle worn steel axe and in the other an Android phone, with which he vanquishes the detestably green portals of his enemies in the mystic game of Ingress. More to come once he gets to writing his own self summary.

The Basics

MonkeyLectric was founded in 2008.  We are headquartered just outside San Francisco, California in our fabulous facility:

Artist Credits

Dan Goldwater: M133, M210, M232
Xander Hudson: M133, M232
Noah Vawter: M133, M232
David Knight: M210, M232
Zsuzsanna Mozsary: M232