As I feature a lot of arty stories on this blog, I thought it time to throw in a bit of design innovation into the mix with a brand new product that has the potential to revolutionise the way cyclists can use and secure their bikes. Now I will admit this is a project my husband has been involved with so while I may be a little biased, I do genuinely believe it is a great product and worthy of sharing around. I hope you do too!
Just launched on Kickstarter, Litelok is the world’s first lightweight, flexible and super secure bike lock. It weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) – which, to all non-bikies, is significantly lighter than any other secure bike lock on the market – and is so strong it can withstand sustained attack from all of the tools commonly used by bike thieves such as cable cutters, bolt croppers, hacksaws, jacks and hammers.
I’m not a cyclist but I know many who are and they’d all agree that having your bike stolen is not only upsetting but expensive. Considering the number of people around the world who either cycle to work or have taken it up as a hobby, I can just imagine their delight when they learn about Litelok.
So what makes it so special?
According to its inventor, UK-based Professor Neil Barron – who is also an industrial designer with a background in aeronautics and astronautics plus more than 25 years’ experience running his own design and innovation company – it’s all in the strap.
‘My team and I decided to take a radical new design approach,’ he says on Kickstarter. ‘By harnessing the unique security properties of multiple innovative lightweight materials we created a composite strap called Boaflexicore®.’
Each layer provides the additional security required and combined with a patented inline lock, Litelok is like nothing else on the market.
‘After several years of extensive research, design, development, engineering and testing, we’ve been able to turn an idea into a fully working prototype that we are extremely excited about.’
There’s so much more to its design and creation than I’ve mentioned here so you’re best to head on over to Kickstarter to fully understand all its features. Watch the video and even make a pledge if you’d like to be one of the first to ride away with one!
Video of Litelok