Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Theft

The BitLock is a smartphone-activated bike lock

Consumers now have their choice of several smartphone-controlled door locks, which allow users to grant access to select people, and that automatically cause the door to unlock when a user approaches. San Francisco-based startup Mesh Motion has taken those same ideas, and applied them to a bicycle security device known as the BitLock.  Read More

Foldylock in use on the city streets

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.  Read More

The Sphyke C3N setup for quick-release wheels

There are already plenty of options when it comes to keeping people from stealing your whole bike, but what if you also want to guard against people stealing bits of it? Well, you could buy components that can only be removed with their own special tool, or replace all of your mounting bolts with ones that require a key to take off. Sphyke is now offering a third alternative – its C3N system replaces a bike's existing nuts and bolts with ones that incorporate a tiny combination lock.  Read More

Do you connect safely? (Photo: unten44)

Conscious that injudiciously inserting one's USB charger into just any old public port might expose one's handheld device to any manner of nasty malware (or data theft, for that matter), experimental security outfit int3.cc has come up with the USBCondom, a go-between device that creates a break between the data pins of your USB connector and those of the public USB port you're plugging into. The power connection is maintained, however, allowing you to charge your smartphone or what-have-you in a state of graceful equanimity.  Read More

The Strapp Wallet is designed to be secured without chains

Remember when everyone had those wallets with chains linking them to their pants? It was an interesting look, but it also offered the useful feature of keeping everything attached to your body. The look may be out of style, but Charles Harris is looking to bring the functionality back with his Strapp Wallets. Instead of a chain, it features an adjustable-length lanyard that can be completely hidden away.  Read More

The InterLock bicycle lock/seatpost

People really don’t want to carry their bike locks around with them, do they? Over the past few years, we’ve seen locks that fit in a water bottle cage, get strapped to the top tube, or that are even worn as a belt. The InterLock’s approach is particularly interesting, however ... it’s integrated into its own seatpost.  Read More

Saddle Lock is a concept design for a simple, efficient form of bicycle security

The number of people choosing to ride a bicycle, particularly for short journeys, is on the increase. The reasons are clear: environmental concerns, health benefits, the rising cost of fuel; but owning and using a pushbike has its negatives as well as positives. The biggest problem – aside from having to transport bulky shopping bags – is the risk of theft ... and sometimes the numerous traditional styles of locks aren't suitable. Enter Saddle Lock, which seeks to minimize the fuss of locking and unlocking your bicycle.  Read More

You activate the SpyBike system with an electronic keyring

The National Bike Registry tells us that thousands of bikes are stolen every day in the United States alone, estimating a cost of around US$200 million per year. A stolen bike can take hundreds or thousands of dollars out of your pocket, leave you without a means of transit and turn into a frustrating, angering experience. The SpyBike Covert Bicycle GPS Tracker protects you from theft by tracking down your bike.  Read More

The Blink/Steady Bike Light automatically comes on once it's dark enough for a light to be...

Bicycle lights may not exactly be a problem that needs solving, but the following can admittedly be said about most of them – they’re easily stolen if left on an unattended bike, people who start riding at dusk can forget to turn them on, and those same people can forget to turn them off when they reach their destination. Well, the makers of the Blink/Steady Bike Light have set out to address all of those shortcomings.  Read More

The infiniti3D system replaces the existing fasteners on bicycle components (such as the m...

Most bicycle couriers and hardcore urbanites will tell you – if you’re going to be leaving your bike locked up in a public place, ride something cheap and crappy that thieves won’t be interested in. The problem is, many bicycle commuters are very “into” bikes, and thus own fancy machines that they don’t want to leave at home five days a week. While there are a number of locking systems that might or might not keep these peoples’ bikes from being stolen, enterprising thieves armed with nothing more than a set of hex wrenches can still remove some of the more valuable components from those bikes. The new infiniti3D system, however, is designed to stop such parts-pilfering thieves in their tracks.  Read More

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