A Bike That'll Break When Stolen

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Andrew Leinonen created the ultimate deterrent to bicycle theft - a lock that's integrated into the bicycle's frame. He calls his invention the StayLocked Bike.

The concept is simple, but brilliant. Instead of an external lock that can be cut without damaging the bike, Leinonen's lock is integrated into the seat stays, an integral portion of the frame that connects the rear forks to the main tube that holds up the seat.

To steal the StayLocked bike, a thief would have to cut these seat stays. It wouldn't take him (or her) too long to figure out he went after the wrong bike. As soon as he hopped on the bike, it would buckle under his weight and he would go crashing to the ground. [Andrew Leinonen via Wired]


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missionary position

My bike was stolen a few years ago whilst I popped into a café for a drink. I'd barely left it a few seconds when some thief jumped on and rode off with it down the steep hill I just cycled up. I had the last laugh though- before I quickly popped into the café I had un-clipped the front and rear quick-release brake cables