Foldylock takes a new approach to the folding bike lock
By Dave LeClair
September 26, 2013
If you bike around the city, you know how important a good lock can be. That said, locks can often be a hassle to carry while riding. The Foldylock is designed to address this problem. It folds down small enough to be mounted on the bike frame or tossed into a bag.
When expanded, the Foldylock is 90 cm (35.5 in) long, which should make it big enough to wrap around most poles or bike parking racks. When not in use, a special case is included for carrying it around, plus it can also be mounted to the frame using the water bottle bosses or with two included straps.
The lock itself is made from six hardened steel links, making it strong enough to resist theft attempts. Each of the links is coated in plastic, to prevent the lock from scratching the bike's paint.
We reached out to the creators of the Foldylock to find out exactly how it differs from the Abus folding bike lock, which is already in fairly wide use. "The Foldylock locking link can enter the locking mechanism from any position and at any angle," company co-founder Ilan Mor responded. "When at locking position the locking link can swivel around the locking mechanism. Abus' locking link can enter their locking mechanism only at one specific angle, and while locked that position can’t change."
Essentially, this means the lock is more flexible than other folding locks on the market.
The Foldylock team is seeking funding for its product on Kickstarter. It has already exceeded its funding goal of US$10,000. Buyers interested in reserving a lock of their own can do so for a minimum pledge of $75 while that tier lasts. Once those run out, a pledge of $80 is required.
The Kickstarter pitch video below provides more information and shows the lock in action.
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