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The In-Lock Gives Your Bike Outdoors Security


By David Ponce

This is just brilliant. If you’ve ever been camping, or attended a outdoor show, you probably know that bringing your bike (whether motorized or not) along with you can have its own set of problems. Namely, there’s no convenient way to secure it, especially if there are no trees around. Well, UK creative designer John Wrightson is developing the In-Lock, a device that would allow you to secure pretty much anything, anywhere there’s a little earth.

The In-Lock consists of a large screw with an attached hole, or loop. You’re also given a turning bar, which gives you the leverage necessary to drive the screw deep into the ground. Once screwed in place, you can secure your bike by running a chain or lock through the hole. Since there’s a chain running through it, it’s impossible for would-be thieves to unscrew the device, due to a pesky obstacle named “physics”.

There’s no word on how close this is to hitting the market, though here’s hoping that it does sometime soon.

[The In-Lock via The CoolHunter]

[Update: Many of you pointed out the various flaws in the design, and we do agree that used as is, the In-Lock… could sort of suck. But a smart reader over at Boingboing suggested a solution: “Have two of those suckers. Screw them into the ground 2 feet apart, with the open eyes facing each other. Run a 3-foot long eyebolt through both eyes; padlock the eyebolt to one of the eyes so that the bolt is now locked through both anchors and can’t be removed. Lock bikes anywhere along the eyebolt between the anchors. With the eyebolt through both anchors, neither one will turn.” So, how’s that? -Ed.]