There are few things worse than seeing a friend of yours share a ‘Stolen Bikes’ post on social media, except perhaps having to launch your own mass search.
Being the victim of road side or high street bike theft has long been an unfortunate risk we take as cyclists, in fact results from a survey released by CCTV.co.uk and Direct Line Insurance earlier this year showed that bicycles topped the list of ‘most stolen’ items in the UK, ahead of mobile phones and power tools. As well as on street theft, we’re now hearing more and more stories of thefts from inside homes and garages – which is why British brand Hiplok decided to step in with a new invention.
Hiplok appeared on our radars when they launched the wearable lock in 2011 – and they’ve been creating handy portable locks ever since. Now, they’ve stepped into home security, with the brand new AIRLOK which they’re looking to bring to the mass market via a Kickstarter campaign.
The AIRLOK aims to combine security with elegance. It’s effectively a ground anchor for your wall, that’s been designed to meet Sold Secure Gold standards (though rating is yet to be applied) via a hardened steel frame and locking pin. However, it’s also got a simple design that can help turn your bicycle into a work of modern art on your wall if you keep it clean enough.
“We set out to solve real world problems encountered by cyclists.”
Describing the motives behind the creation, co-founder Ben Smith told us: “When we started Hiplok, we set out to solve real world problems encountered by cyclists. To date there hasn’t been a stylish yet secure means of securing your bike – the choice has been unsightly ground anchors or beautiful wall hangers with no security. AIRLOK solves this problem combining top level security with elegant, functional design.”