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Lazer's Cappuccino turns your bike helmet into a lock

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September 4, 2014

The Lazer Cappuccino locks the quick release buckle of a helmet strap

The Lazer Cappuccino locks the quick release buckle of a helmet strap

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It's not uncommon for recreational cyclists to stop at a sidewalk cafe after a long ride, and sit outside near their bike while sipping their drink. While such situations don't necessarily call for a high-security lock, it still helps to have something that keeps thieves from just grabbing the bike and running with it. That's precisely what the Lazer Cappuccino helmet lock is intended to do.

To use the device, you run your helmet strap around your bike's frame and an adjacent object such as a railing, then snap the two ends of the strap's quick-release buckle into the Cappuccino. You then spin the combination dials around and it's locked, keeping the helmet strap buckle from being opened by anyone who doesn't know the combo.

There's no official word on pricing, although a quick Googling indicates an average retail...

Could someone just cut through your helmet strap? Yep. Could they pick the lock? Probably. Again, it's more just a means of letting opportunistic would-be thieves know that stealing the bike – whose owner is just a few feet away – will require some unwanted time and effort.

Lazer first introduced the Cappuccino about a year ago, although the company has recently launched a new promotional campaign. There's no official word on pricing, although a quick Googling indicates an average retail price of about US$20.

You can see a demo of the Cappuccino in the video below.

Source: Lazer via Bike Radar

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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5 Comments

I'm pretty certain I could break the straps out of any normal bike helmet.

Cj Smith
4th September, 2014 @ 02:44 pm PDT

Any kind of lock is better than no lock. Lazer's Cappuccino does that, and it locks the helmet along with the bike. It's small in size with no physical key...but 'about $20' for a plastic lock? Perhaps the cost of the lock is a minor consideration compared to the cost of the helmet.

Threesixty
5th September, 2014 @ 02:42 am PDT

Am I the only one seeing an image of someone with a helmet locked to their head, whilst not having a place to store this gadget?

Bob Flint
5th September, 2014 @ 09:31 am PDT

Cute Toy. Now smarten up, use a real lock and you will be able to afford Two Cappuchinos while remaining calm & certain about the safety of your bike. This is easily as stupid as the ideas about making the bike a lock. It is just a bad idea.

StWils
5th September, 2014 @ 09:53 am PDT

Okay, I see how it's Not going to lock the helmet to your head (that's what I thought at first), but I see a second problem: Which brand of helmet fits the lock in the picture? Bell™ and Specialized™ have *different* clasps. what fits one, won't fit the other. I have helmets made by both those companies, and the mechanism of the Specialized™ chinstrap is smaller than the Bell™.

What it needs also, is a small piezo alarm to alert the bikes' owner.

James Donohue
5th September, 2014 @ 12:54 pm PDT
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