Velasso has set out to make bicycle security easier, by making the
unlocking process automatic. As soon as users get within Bluetooth range
of their parked bike, its built-in locking mechanism will automatically
Bicycle commuters who regularly ride at night would no doubt appreciate
having lights that could be left on their bike all the time, with little
chance of them getting stolen. That's why Fortified Bicycle Alliance
first introduced its Defender
headlight, which can only be removed using a specialized tool. Putting
out just 50 lumens, though, it's certainly more of a "be seen" than a
"see the road" light. That's why Fortified more recently introduced its
considerably brighter Aviator headlight and Afterburner tail light. We gave them a try, to see how they stand up to real-world use.
The keyless Bluetooth bike locks are now coming thick and fast ... relatively speaking. In just the past couple of years, we've heard about the Skylock
and Noke U-lock
. Now, the Kadalock has appeared on our radar. It differs from the others in that it's a cable lock, and it mounts on the user's existing water bottle cage.
It's kind of ironic that while many cyclists ride lightweight bikes, they still carry heavy-duty U-locks that weigh several pounds. In most cases, however, lighter cable locks can easily be defeated with a set of bolt cutters. That's why Prof. Neil Barron, a former aeronautical engineer, has created the Litelok. It's light and flexible like a cable lock, but reportedly stands up to over five minutes of attack from tools such as bolt cutters, jacks and hack saws.
It's official – we are now living in the age of the keyless Bluetooth bike lock. We've already seen the Skylock
. Now, there's also the Noke U-Lock.
Last September we first heard about the one-off Yerka Project
bike, which was designed by three engineering students in Chile. Its clever feature was a frame that partially came apart to act as a lock. That way, any thief tempted to break its lock would be ruining the very bike they wanted, too. Now, its creators are attempting to bring it to market via an Indiegogo campaign.
Wheel theft is always a risk when leaving a nice bike parked in an urban environment. Cyclists can do things like removing the front wheel and locking it to the frame and rear wheel, or carrying multiple locks. Kryptonite's new Security WheelNutz, however, offer a quicker and lighter alternative ... with an interesting twist.
There are all sorts of high-tech locks
designed to make your bike harder to steal, but what happens if it gets taken anyway? If it's equipped with a BTrack Safe Light, you'll know when it's been nabbed, and you'll then be able to track its location via GPS. And because it's a tail light, it'll also make you more visible to motorists.
Carrying a bike lock while cycling can be a hassle, which is why some companies have started developing built-in locks
. One of the latest, the Frameblock, is actually part of the frame. That way, if a thief cuts through it, they're left with a damaged bike that they won't want ... a fact that they'll hopefully realize before cutting it.
Over the past couple of years, we've heard about two different bicycle U-locks – the Skylock
and the BitLock
– that can be unlocked via the user's smartphone. Both were the subject of successful crowd-funding campaigns, and both are now available for pre-order. When it comes to a product that's actually being shipped to buyers now
, however, the imaginatively-named Ulock has just beaten them both to it.