The number one bike lock continues to be the U-Lock, despite the fact that it can be easily cut, provided of course your thief has the right tools.  Isn’t there a better solution?  How about a lock that emits a loud sound when cut? Or one that sprays brightly colored ink on onto the perpetrator when cut, sort of like those faux money packs stuffed inside of bank vaults.

Well, until those arrive, we’ll have to settle with this design from Feng Cheng-Tsung and Cheng Yu-Ting.  Much like the Senza Bike Lock, which uses the handle bars as a lock, the Pedal Lock uses the pedals as a sort of wheel wart, otherwise known as a “boot”, which is what you’ll find on your car’s wheel when you don’t pay your parking fines.  When you park, you’d simply remove the bikes pedals, wrap them around the wheel, and lock them together.  Needless to say, you’d still need to lock up your bike using a common U-Lock, since a thief could just walk off with it.  But this additional deterrent could be the difference between your bike or someone else’s getting stolen.

Unfortunately, the Pedal Locks are a concept only.  But they were submitted for a Red Dot design competition, so if they win, or garner enough attention, they might see production, though we doubt it.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."