In the more innocent days of April, we showed you a mystery bike lock that purported to be "unpickable." A hidden keyhole was supposed to prevent picks from getting into the lock. It seemed rock-solid! Except not really. Of course not! Here's a guy picking it open with ease.
Bike locks, while incredibly necessary, are way behind the times. Even the best of them will break under brute force, and then where are you? Bikeless and alone. The new Skylock, from ex-Boeing and Jawbone engineers, is about to leapfrog the competition and bring bike protection into the 21st century. It looks amazing.
Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It's unpickable, because you simply can't get your picks into the lock. And it's got lock picking hobbyists stumped.
Leave a bicycle locked up on the street, and a pro with the right tool can spring it faster than you can buy a Slurpee. We're not bike thieves—not even close—and we were able to slice through cheap locks with $20 bolt cutters and a hacksaw, on our first try.
The Spalding Building in Portland, Oregon is a historic office building that has one of the coolest parking spots for bicycles: an old school bank vault complete with a 16,000 pound door. I'd feel pretty good about putting my bike there.
The word "bow" doesn't exactly connote theft-deterring power, but when that bow is made out of titanium, it's a different story. The Kickstarter hopeful TiGr lock claims flexibility, hack-proof strength, and a sexy design worthy of your ride.