Wednesday, September 3, 2014

These students bet you can’t steal their bike

From Grist -- Bolt cutters are a nightmare for bike owners. Thieves can slice through cables and padlocks in seconds. And forget about only locking the front wheel, too (rookie mistake). Good news for bicyclists who resent carting around heavy U-locks or chains: A new bike design incorporates the lock into the bike itself. And its creators claim it’s unstealable.

Here’s how locking up the bike works: The down tube - the part of the frame that connects the head tube (up by your handlebars) to the crankset (next to your pedals) folds open. By connecting the two ends of the down tube using your seat post (and a lock with a key), you can effectively wrap your bike around the nearest lamp post or tree. Stealing the bike would have to involve either uprooting said lamp post or tree - or breaking crucial parts of the bike frame, rendering the bicycle useless.  [Full article ...] 

Related:  A comprehensive guide to locking up your bike

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